Movie House Memories

Yojimbo (1961)

Episode #86

Toho Company released Yojimbo to theaters on September 13, 1961. Akira Kurosawa directed the film starring Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, and Tatsuya Nakadai.

‘Yojimbo’ Movie Summary

Yojimbo begins with a master less samurai, also known as a ronin, wandering the Japanese countryside. The ronin stops near a farmhouse and overhears a couple lament about their only son whose has given up the farming life in order to join a group of thugs working in a nearby town that is involved in a brutal gang war.

Sensing an opportunity, the ronin heads for the town and encounters a dog walking through town with a human hand in its mouth. Undeterred, the ronin meets the local tavern owner who explains the sides to the samurai.

One side is led by Seibei, who is supported by the silk merchant and the ineffective major. The other side is led by Ushitora, who is supported by the local sake brewer. The tavern owner tells the ronin that he should leave town, but the samurai states that he intends to stay and implies that the town would be better off with both sides dead.

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Toho Company released Yojimbo to theaters on September 13, 1961. Akira Kurosawa directs the film which stars Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, and Tatsuya Nakadai.

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