DVD - 1999 | Japanese
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In the year 1860, a wandering samurai-for-hire turns the war between two clans fighting for control of a small town to his own advantage. A satire on greed, violence, paranoia and human weakness. Includes theatrical trailer.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [1999]
Edition: Special edition.
ISBN: 9780780022515
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,monoaural,Dolby Digital
video file,DVD video,region 1


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Aug 04, 2020

One of Akira Kurosawa's most popular films in Japan. He deliberately combined the samurai story with the Western so that the wind-swept main street could be in any frontier town, and the samurai (Toshiro Mifune) could be a gunslinger.
Naturally, this movie inspired Sergio Leone to create his own version '"A Fistful of Dollars" (1964) with Clint Eastwood.
This version looks so similar to "Yojimbo" that homage shades into plagiarism.
Superbly acted, and action-packed with a good sense of humor, this samurai drama features a charismatic performance from Toshiro Mifune. You should be able to enjoy this drama to the hilt.

Aug 03, 2020

nice and superb!

May 28, 2019

This is a follow-up to Yojimbo, which I think is a better film compared to this sequel. Despite the thumbs-up reviews by film critics, I find Sanjuro to be one of the lesser films by Kurosawa in the samurai genre. The story is cliche and many characters appeared to be too gullible. And the ending sword-fight is overly dramatic. Even Mifune had some awkward moments in the film, I think. Still, the B/W photography is good and the film is watchable overall.

Mar 02, 2019

This movie set the stage for future movies.

Jan 28, 2019

This is a brilliant work! Humorous while so serious a theme. A sequel to Yojimbo, I find this a much better film. The ronin puts the real samurai as the opposite of the ideal.

Dec 10, 2018

This is one of earlier works by Kurosawa on the samurai genre. The film is so old that this film copy fills only 1/4 of TV screen. But the B/W images are sharp and the sound track is good. Although there is a little bit of 'over acting' by some small characters in my view, Mifune played his role to the tee. Another key, villainous character, played by Tatsuya Nakadai, added more substance to the cast. This is a timeless classic from the samurai genre and deserves repeated viewings down the road.

Nov 18, 2018

[for yojimbo] Suspenseful, funny, dramatic, with some really good scenes, interestingly shot (such as near the end where a man hanging with his arms tied behind him is in the foreground). The music adds a lot to the movie; I suppose one can say that its Japanese style spaghetti western music. The whole upshot of the film is sardonic: the hero leaves the town in ruins with many buildings destroyed and many people dead - which is exactly what the townsfolk feared and what would have happened had the two groups had an all out gang war. So, the hero was superfluous, or perhaps even a catalyst to the inevitable.

Sep 24, 2018

[for sanjuro] A terrific samurai film! One has to read quickly to get key information regarding the plot (otherwise one misses it and the actions and events quickly lose their sense); the fights are quite fast, and most of the fun is in the main character's contrasting behavior with the other nine of his comrades.

LemmyKoopa Sep 04, 2018

Sometimes funny, sometimes haunting, always intense.

Yojimbo is one of the classics of the samurai genre, and it's status as one of the original 'westerns' is unrivaled. Featuring memorable characters, beautiful set pieces and the (as usual) amazing portrayal by Toshio Mifune as Sanjuro all rolls together to create one of the great classics of the mid-20th century.

Highly recommended - might be a little slow for some, and doesn't feature as much brawling and sword-fighting as I'd like, but it stands out as a huge inspiration for many budding filmmakers, both of today and yesteryear.

May 20, 2018

Better than its predecessor, Yohimbo, as this one stresses the drama and tones down the bad comedy.

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Mar 23, 2016

The fastest sword in the East.

In the words of Toshiro Mifune
"Go hang yourself"

Mar 12, 2011

"...Go hang yourself."


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Violence: One character gets an arm chopped off. But on the whole nothing brutal no heads and limbs falling off left right and center. It's more entertainment fighting based on the character's power over his opponents obviously Mifune prevails over his opponents.


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