Yojimbo – 1961

Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo

Yojimbo, directed by Akira Kurosawa, is an interesting picture.  The landscape: a bleak village in winter, where two rival bands are fighting over the gambling profits.  The roaming samurai arrives, and plays both sides against each other, while killing quite a few along the way.  The music is jarring and slightly comic, as is the whole tone of the film.  A model for A Fistful of Dollars.  Here’s the wikipedia entry.

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