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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Yohimbo is the story of a samurai (Toshimo Mifune) who arrives at a small town where there are two rival gangs that are making peace only a fading memory. The samurai plays both sides against each other. Later Sergio Leone would make his spaghetti western with Eastwood "A Fistful of Dollars" based on this story. It's good and light entertainment; a story well told, and fun to watch.
Sanjuro is to me one of Kurosawa's best in his grandiose career. Toshiro is again a lone samurai who happens to get mixed between other 2 sides. This time he altruistically (for some food and sake) helps the young guys who try to get rid of the bad weed who are corrupting their clan. But they are in minority. It will take a lot of wisdom (wich the young guys lack alarmingly) and good swordsmanship to fix this one. A couple of rich and delicate women, mother and daughter, throw in the humor that enlivens and really puts the charm to this movie. It has all the ingredients for a great classic. Treated with the simplicity of Kurosawa's narrative style it's an easy to see film and a lot of fun, plus it provides a lot of food for thought on human nature and sin. Kurosawa is the Shakespeare from Japan.
These are wonderful films.
If you enjoy ClassicCinema,Samurai,Anime,Westerns this is a must own!
First up Yojimbo, like Seven Samurai one of the most copied of Kurosawa's films. This is fun film, that has a streak of black humor that the two remakes A Fistfull of Dollars and Last Man Standing lack. Mifune had a humorous quality to his acting that came up greatly in his role of Sanjuro the wandering ronin who strolls into town after hearing about it from a farmer quarreling with his son. With Mifunes performance, intelligent writing, Kurosawa as usual makes full use of panavision. The opening where Mifune walks into town where all the residents peek out from behind windows and doors is just awesome with the way the camera captures all the small actions. Theres not much more I wanna say except with the opening listen to the confrontation between Mifune and compare it to a certain scene in Star Wars A New Hope. Lucas not only copied many of Kurosawas movies but cribbed scenes from this one and others as well.
Sanjuro is viewed by some like all sequels as inferior to the original. Personally its not a Matrix/Matrix Reloaded situation. Sure it doesn't feature a deep story like the previous film, but it does have the writing that I always like from Kurosawa and the humor in scenes that are great and add depth to the characters. Plus just one of the best endings ever. I've seen the film five times and I've always been suprised by it.
Anyway this whole thing is a great package with excellent video, the usual essays that come from Criterion and the usual documentaries from the Its Wonderful to Create series produced by Toho that have been on other Kurosawa releases, and a cracking commentary from Stephen Prince who gives a in depth commentary definitely worht a listen. Its a great package well worth the price.