Retro Trailer: Yojimbo (1961) by Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa&amprsquors Yojimbo is a classic film that was remade as For a Fistful of Dollars, Final Man Standing, and John Avildsen&amprsquors Coyote Moon. It is paid homage to in films as varied as Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Miller&amprsquors Crossing, is spoofed in Assistance Your Regional Gunfighter and Mars Attacks!, and of course, had a sequel, Sanjuro, and a &lsquospin-off&amprsquor in 1971 named Zatoichi to Yojimbo.

Yojimbo is the story of Sanjuro, a samurai in nineteenth-century Japan who drifts into a rural town and learns from the innkeeper that the town is divided amongst two gangs. He proceeds to plays a single side off against the other, but his activities are curtailed by the arrival of Unosuke, a shrewd and ruthless man – the son of a single of the gangsters. Events spiral into violence and the samurai need to chose a side…



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