Yojimbo

Yojimbo

4.9 13
Director: Akira Kurosawa

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

     
 

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Akira Kurosawa's samurai film Yojimbo is presented in a 2.35:1 non-anamorphic widescreen version that should please most fans. The image certainly would have looked better if Criterion had decided to clean up the print a bit more (nicks and scratches abound), as well as make the transfer anamorphic. As it stands the image has a pleasing look, with bright boldSee more details below

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Overview

Akira Kurosawa's samurai film Yojimbo is presented in a 2.35:1 non-anamorphic widescreen version that should please most fans. The image certainly would have looked better if Criterion had decided to clean up the print a bit more (nicks and scratches abound), as well as make the transfer anamorphic. As it stands the image has a pleasing look, with bright bold colors and solid black levels. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 in Japanese with English subtitles. Unfortunately, the audio is just below passing, with hiss present during multiple scenes; the dialogue also sounds hollow and the music is somewhat distorted. Unlike many other Criterion editions, Yojimbo features only a few extra features, including a widescreen theatrical trailer, thin production notes, and color bars for calibrating one's TV monitor. Yojimbo is a worthy buy for devotees of the movie -- otherwise, a rental is definitely in order.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Yojimbo is both a brilliant reworking of the samurai genre and arguably director Akira Kurosawa's most influential work. Toshiro Mifune gives the finest performance of his stellar career as Sanjuro, a bored, flea-bitten, and thoroughly amoral ronin who possesses almost superhuman swordmanship. Like a Greek god descending from Mount Olympus, Sanjuro comes upon a village torn asunder by two rival groups and cleans up the town. Like Gary Cooper in High Noon (1952), Sanjuro finds himself in a village full of greedy, weak, and bad people that probably does not deserve saving. Unlike Cooper, whose face grows grim with the moral importance of his act, Sanjuro smirks with anarchic glee as he deftly picks one side against the other. With a wry, subversive wit, Kurosawa marries his muscular narrative to a swaggering visual style, aided by the masterful cinematography of Kazuo Miyagawa. From the Sanjuro's final duel with young gun-toting thug Unosuke (Tatsuya Nakadai) to the single grotesque image of a dog clutching a human hand at the film's outset, Yojimbo crackles with a dynamic energy that rivets and entertains. Though Yojimbo spun off a number of remakes, including Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and Walter Hill's Last Man Standing (1996), none matches the film's technical brilliance and dark humor.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1999
UPC:
0037429141328
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; New and improved english subtitle translation

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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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Credits/...his own will to survive... [2:53]
2. "Everybody's after easy money" [2:48]
3. "I'll get paid for killing" [10:23]
4. Two coffins, or maybe three [3:44]
5. Seibei's offer [5:47]
6. High noon [6:52]
7. An official inspection [6:11]
8. Ushitora's offer [3:40]
9. Bodygaurds that need guarding [3:52]
10. Loose lips sink ships [3:04]
11. A bevy of beauties. [1:41]
12. The village boiling point [4:47]
13. Unosuke shows off [3:12]
14. Hostages [6:04]
15. Doublecross/Family reunion [7:36]
16. Sake gush/Total destruction [5:48]
17. A shortcut to hell [4:36]
18. Disappearing act [9:01]
19. Practice makes perfect [7:30]
20. The spoils of an undertaker [10:51]

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