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April 6, 2007

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110 minutes

Yojimbo (1961)
April 6, 2007 at 7:30 and 10:30 pm in 10-250

In director Akira Kurosawa's comedic Yojimbo, a masterless samurai, Sanjuro (Toshirô Mifune), wanders into a town divided by two warring clans. After displaying his formidable swordsmanship before both clans in a brawl with street thugs, Sanjuro offers his services to the highest bidder. When one clan conspires against him, the clever warrior switches his allegiance to the other side, with the ultimate goal of tricking the two equally despicable and foolish clans into exterminating each other. Sanjuro's authority is challenged, however, when Unosuke (Tatsuya Nakadai), a brother of one of the leaders, comes to town wielding a modern contraption: a gun. In the classic final showdown, the old world samurai is pitted against new world progress, and must use both his wits and physical prowess to survive. []

Sponsored by MISTI (MIT Japan). English subtitles.

One of Japan's great contributions to cinema, the inspiration for spaghetti Westerns and the introduction of a new kind of film hero.
      -- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide. Read this review.

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