Yojimbo [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1961]

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Special Features

  • All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Optional Dolby Digital 3.0 soundtrack, preserving the original Perspecta simulated stereo effects
  • Audio commentary by film historian and Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince
  • A 45-minute documentary on the making of Yojimbo, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • Theatrical trailer and teaser
  • Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Alexander Sesonske and notes from Kurosawa and his cast and crew

Synopsis

Yojimbo
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Toshiro Mifune
    Toshiro Mifune - Sanjuro Kuwabatake
  • Eijiro Tono
    Eijiro Tono - Gonji the Sake Seller
  • Tatsuya Nakadai
    Tatsuya Nakadai - Unosuke
  • Isuzu Yamada
    Isuzu Yamada - Orin
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    Seizaburo Kawazu - Seibei

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