|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Yojimbo|
|In 1961 Kurosawa was inspired by American westerns to make this comic-action movie, in which a ronin (rootless samurai) wanders into a town in which each half is at war with the other, and he plays off each against the other (and enriches himself) by skillful killings and whipping up the frenzy. In turn, "Yojimbo" inspired "A Fistful of Dollars" and the much later and inferior "Last Man Standing" (Bruce Willis, 1996), and has been quoted by many other American films, from "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" to David Lynch's "Wild at Heart." The Mifune character affects to be utterly amoral and cynical, but shows glimpses of honor and tenderness. He is a gripping action hero. (Note: Tatsuya Nakadai, who decades later would tackle the title roles in Kurosawa's "Kagemusha" and "Ran," may be seen in this movie as a young tough with a pistol.)
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Time/Era of Movie:
- 18th century
Crime & Police Story?
If this is a criminal POV story...
- criminals stealing from other criminals
- criminals killing each other
- brunette (Black)
- short/standard straight (man)
- muscular (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- businessman, small
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
Small town people:
- dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
Accounts of torture and death?
- gory visuals of deaths
Movie makes you feel...
How many deaths in film?
How much use of techno gadgets?
- 1 ()
Kind of violence:
Unusual forms of death
Check here if B&W
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