Toshiro Mifune
Director: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune
, Eijiro Tono
Eijiro Tono
, Seizaburo Kawazu
Seizaburo Kawazu
Akira Kurosawa

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2010
UPC: 0715515055918
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 2,884

Special Features

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, featuring Kurosawa, actor Tatsuya Nakadai, production designer Yoshiro Muraki, and longtime Kurosawa collaborator Teruyo Nogami; Theatrical teaser and trailer; Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos; Plus: a booklet featuring as essay by film scholar Alexander Sesonske and comments from Kurosawa and his cast and crew

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiro Mifune Sanjuro Kuwabatake
Eijiro Tono Gonji the Sake Seller
Seizaburo Kawazu Seibei
Tatsuya Nakadai Unosuke
Isuzu Yamada Orin
Daisuke Kato Inokichi
Hiroshi Tachikawa Yoichiro
Kamatari Fujiwara Tazaemon
Kyu Sazanka Ushitora
Susumu Fujita Homma
Yosuke Natsuki Farmer's Son
Akira Nishimura Kuma
Ikio Sawamura Hansuke
Takashi Shimura Tokuemon
Yoshio Tsuchiya Kohei the Farmer
Yoko Tsukasa Nui
Atsushi Watanabe Coffin Maker

Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Kazuo Miyagawa Cinematographer
Shinobu Muraki Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Hideo Oguni Screenwriter
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Ryuzo Kikushima Producer,Screenwriter
Masaru Sato Score Composer
Dashiell Hammett Source Author

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