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Yojimbo

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What's it About

Stepping into the midst of a bloody village feud, wandering samurai Sanjuro (Mifune) hires himself out as a bodyguard for silk merchant Tazaemon (Fujiwara), then makes a conflicting agreement with sake merchant Tokuemon (Shimura). Playing both sides against each other, Sanjuro sits back to watch the bands of mortal enemies destroy each other, as the meek, gawking townsfolk cower behind shuttered doors.

Why we love it

A bleakly funny samurai epic from Japanese master Kurosawa, "Yojimbo" is built around the commanding physical performance of Mifune, the archetype for many spaghetti Western antiheroes, including Clint Eastwood's "Man With No Name." Highly stylized and choreographed by Kurosawa and cameraman Kazuo Miyagawa, this violent morality tale is also a devastating satire of gang warfare, with Sanjuro as its smirking, neutral overlord. A witty, turbulent masterpiece, later adapted by Sergio Leone for his "A Fistful of Dollars."

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"