Yojimbo & Sanjuro
The Criterion Collection
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Thanks to perhaps the most indelible character in Akira Kurosawa's oeuvre, YOJIMBO surpassed even Seven Samurai in popularity when it was released. The masterless samurai SANJURO, who slyly manipulates two warring clans to his own advantage in a small, dusty village, was so entertainingly embodied by the brilliant Toshiro Mifune, that it was only a matter of time before he returned in a sequel. Made just one year later, SANJURO matches YOJIMBO's storytelling dexterity, yet adds a layer of world-weary pragmatism that brings the duo to a thrilling and unforgettable conclusion.
Optional DTS-HD Master Audio Perspecta 3.0 soundtracks
Audio commentaries by film historian Stephen Prince
Documentaries on the making of Yojimbo and Sanjuro
Theatrical trailer and teasers
Booklets featuring essays by film writers
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The great actor Toshiro Mifune plays the same wandering samurai in both films. In Yojimbo he enters a small town where rival gangs are competing and also ruining the lives of the villagers. Mifune decides the town would be better off if both gangs were killed. The film also has Tatsuya Nakadai as the smartest of the bad guys. As usual Nakadai does a great job. Nakadai and Mifune always do a great job together.
In Sanjuro the same wandering samurai played by Mifune happens to be sleeping in a temple where nine young samurai are meeting to discuss corruption in the clan. Their talk wakes him up and he realizes that they have been tricked into meeting and probably a group of samurai is on the way to kill them. The young men are naive and don't believe this, but when they look outside indeed the temple is being surrounded. Mifune helps them escape and decides they are not smart enough to tackle the corruption alone so he helps out. Tatsuya Nakadai is also the top villain, but not the same characters as in Yojimbo since that one was killed. Sanjuro has some light comedy moments. Some of these comic scenes involve a captive samurai from the other side who is being held prisoner in a closet. From time to time he pops out and gives helpful advice to the nine young samurai. By the end of the movie he is pretty much on the side of the young samurai.
The double header of Yojimbo and Sanjuro are among the top samurai films of all time. Criterion has done a good job on remastering these old black and white movies.