The Bodyguard - Yojimbo (1961)
IMDb Rating 8.3
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Toshiro Mifune Sanjuro Kuwabatake
Eijiro Tono Gonji the Sake Seller
Tatsuya Nakadai Unosuke
Isuzu Yamada Orin
Seizaburo Kawazu Seibei
Hiroshi Tachikawa Yoichiro
Daisuke Kato Inokichi
Kyu Sazanka Ushitora
Kamatari Fujiwara Tazaemon
Yoshio Tsuchiya Kohei the Farmer
Yôko Tsukasa Nui
Daisuke Katô Inokichi, Ushitora's rotund brother
Seizaburô Kawazu Seibei, brothel operator
Toshiro Mifune portrays a Samurai who finds himself in the middle of a feud-torn Japanese village. Neither side is particularly honorable, but Mifune is hungry and impoverished, so he agrees to work as bodyguard (or Yojimbo) for a silk merchant ( Kamatari Fujiwara ) against a sake merchant ( Takashi Shimura ). He then pretends to go to work for the other, the better to let the enemies tear each other apart. Imprisoned for his "treachery," he escapes just in time to watch the two warring sides wipe each other out. This was his plan all along, and now that peace has been restored, he leaves the village for further exploits. Yes, Yojimbo was the prototype for the Clint Eastwood "Man with No Name" picture A Fistful of Dollars (1964). The difference is that Fistful relies on Eastwood for its success, whereas Yojimbo scores on every creative level, from director Akira Kurosawa to cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa to Mifune's classic lead performance. — Hal Erickson
Movie Details
Genre Action; Crime; Drama; Foreign; Thriller
Director Akira Kurosawa
Producer Akira Kurosawa
Writer Dashiell Hammett; Ryuzo Kikushima; Akira Kurosawa
Studio Toho
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 110 mins
Movie Release Date 9/13/1961
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 92
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/12/2002
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 037429141328
Chapters 20
Release Date 9/28/1999
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Black & White Widescreen Dolby
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