Yojimbo (1962)

on September 13, 1961 by BOXOFFICE Staff
   This Japanese import produced by the Toho Co. in association with Kurosawa Prods. might be considered an Oriental western, having many of the ingredients of our own frontier films. It was directed by Akira Kurosawa, who is noted for his presentation of the now famous "Rashomon." Executive producers are Ryuzo Kikushima and Tomoyuki Tanaka. The production, loaded with action, which often is brutal, in the starring role has Toshiro Mifune, a popular star in Japan who has been suitably cast as a professional killer.
   The story involves warring factions in a 19th-century Japanese town where both sides are trying to get control of the political situation. When Mifune comes to town, both sides want him, and he is open to the higher bid. From there on, there is considerable fighting and maneuvering until both factions are dispersed, with Mifune leaving with the feeling that the town will be better and more quiet because of the factional war. Many of the sequences closely follow episodes well known in American westerns. As art-house film fare, "Yojimbo" should stand up well. The superimposed subtitles are adequate so that the story can be followed, and apparently they hew closely to the Japanese dialogue. Filmed in Tohoscope. Co-starring are Eijiro Toro, Tatsuya Nakadai, Seizaburo Kawazu, Isuza Yamada and Hiroshi Tachikawa. FLASHBACK: OCTOBER 29, 1962
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Tags: Akira Kurosawa, classic, samurai, war, black and white, Japanese, foreign, Tohoscope, Toshiro Mifune, Eijiro Toro, Tatsuya Nakadai, Seizaburo Kawazu, Isuza Yamada, Hiroshi Tachikawa

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