A samurai, Sanjuro Kuwabatake, finds himself in a town run by two warlords, Ushitora and Seibei. The town is a den of inequity, not only due to the warlords and their hired thugs, but due to the hordes of gamblers that inhabit it. The samurai sets out to rid the town of all these pestilences, his plan being to play the two warlords off against each other.
As effortlessly engaging as it is widely influential, Yojimbo represents Kurosawa at the peak of his powers — and lays the groundwork for the modern American western.
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Yojimbo (1961) is part of the franchise: Akira Kurosawa’s Sanjuro Duology
Major accolades received by Yojimbo (1961)
- Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
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