Yojimbo (1961)

I've been meaning to watch this movie for quite some time now, but never got around to it. Luckily, today's modern dance class was simplified and that gave me an opportunity to go to watch Yojimbo on 35mm! Class would have been an hour long starting at 7 and the movie's planned start time was at 7:30. Of course it started ten minutes late, but that's fine.

Verdict? What a great movie! I love the music and the story is great. The protagonist is such an interesting character. The movie did a great job of developing a strong emotional bond with him.

While I like Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) better, this film is still awesome and I would recommend it to most people.

Remark: Not all the opening credits subtitled in the version we saw. I got the following from the U.S. Theatrical Version Title Sequence: "The time is 1860... the emergence of a middle class has brought about the end to power of the Tokugawa Dynasty...//A samurai, once a dedicated warrior in the emply of Royalty, now finds himself with no master to serve other than his own will to survive...//...and no devices other than his wit and sword."

Watched 20111117 35mm Shriver Hall. Japanese audio with English subtitles.
Yojimbo (1961) Akira Kurosawa. 110 min

Relevant Links:
Yojimbo (IMDb.com)
Yojimbo (film) (Wikipedia.org)

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