My 50 Favorite Flicks • #11

Another Kurosawa classic enters the top 50…

Yojimbo (1961)
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Yojimbo is a film directly recommended to me by my friend Derek.  I watched it and said, “hey, I’ve seen this before”.  Yes it is the same story as “Fistfull of Dollars”.  But, Leone was using Kurosawa’s film as inspiration.  So I realized this was it.  This was the film that started it.  Many other films have done variations on this plot of two warring groups and one man playing both sides. It fits the mold for many genres.  There is so much I love about this film.  It’s funny, it’s violent, it’s heartfelt, it’s got personality.  I also love the trim running time, which makes it easy to watch any time. Toshiro Mifune puts in one of many classic performances in Kurosawa’s catalog.  Also, I have used it as inspiration for my own comic series on many occasions.

 

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