Cast:Toshirō Mifune,Tatsuya Nakadai,Yôko Tsukasa,Isuzu Yamada
Yojimbo directed by Akira Kurosawa , released in 1961 is a film about a masterless samurai enters a rural village of japan where the place has been already torn apart by two gangsters.One of the gang is headed by a silk merchant and the other by a sake merchant.Sanjuro (Toshirō Mifune) a samurai when enters the village been warned and informed about the gangs.Sanjuro refuses to leave the place as he needed food and shelter for his survival.
When the gang members of one group tries to attack Sanjuro,the village witnesses a shock defeat of the attackers.Sanjuro was given food and shelter by a local hotel owner.After witnessing Sanjuro’s brave attempt,both the gang leaders convinence Sanjuro to bodyguard (Jojimbo) them.Sanjuro initially accepts one of the gang leaders offer but later withdrew his support.In meantime Sanjuro saves and reunites a family which is disliked by Unosuke(Tatsuya Nakadai) one of gang leaders son.Unosuke tries to defeat Sanjuro through his pistol while Sanjuro doesn’t have any such modern weapons at that period.Sanjuro strongly believes in himself, any modern weapons doesnt much bother for him before his sword.He looks so brave and confident.
Sanjuro hides himself in a nearby temple when he was deeply wounded.The local hotel owner who becomes a guardian and faithful person for Sanjuro secretly offers food for him.Sanjuro enters into the village again to defeat Unosuke when he came to know that the hotel owner been captivated by the gang.Finally Sanjuro defeats Unosuke and saves the hotel owner whom he feels as the only trusted person in the village.Sanjuro then leaves the village and in search of other place for his survival.
Yojimbo is a bold and brave attempt by Akira Kurosawa which proves the director’s versatility in film making.The film later influenced some western films like Fistful of Dollars.Yojimbo also noted for its cinematography which been influenced through western.The set decoration makes the village a lively feel.Its quite interesting to know about the life of a unique Samurai in olden japanese period through films like Yojimbo.Its a different experience watching this great movie.Toshirō Mifune one of the regular cast for most of Akira Kurosawa’s films is well suited for the character and given his justification for the film.Yojimbo, one can enjoy the Samurai’s bold and brave moves along with some sense of humor which aptly fits along with the script.Akira Kurosawa is simply a legend