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Director:
Writers:
Akira Kurosawa (story)
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Release Date:
13 September 1961 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Kurosawa's most entertaining film See more (144 total) »

Cast

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Toshirô Mifune ... Sanjuro Kuwabatake / The Samurai

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Unosuke - Gunfighter
Yôko Tsukasa ... Nui
Isuzu Yamada ... Orin
Daisuke Katô ... Inokichi - Ushitora's Rotund Brother
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Seibê - Brothel Operator

Takashi Shimura ... Tokuemon - Sake Brewer
Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Yoichiro
Yôsuke Natsuki ... Kohei's Son
Eijirô Tôno ... Gonji - Tavern Keeper
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Tazaemon
Ikio Sawamura ... Hansuke
Atsushi Watanabe ... The Cooper - Coffin-Maker
Susumu Fujita ... Homma - Instructor Who Skips Town
Kyû Sazanka ... Ushitora
Kô Nishimura ... Kuma
Takeshi Katô ... Ronin Kobuhachi
Ichirô Nakatani ... First Samurai
Sachio Sakai ... First Foot Soldier
Akira Tani ... Kame
Namigoro Rashomon ... Kannuki the Giant
Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Kohei
Gen Shimizu ... Magotaro
Yutaka Sada ... Matsukichi
Shin Ôtomo ... Kumosuke
Shôichi Hirose ... Ushitora Follower
Hideyo Amamoto ... Yahachi
Shôji Ôki ... Sukeju
Fuminori Ôhashi ... Second Samurai
Hiroshi Yoseyama ... Farmer
Senkichi Ômura ... Traveler
Noriko Honma ... Farmer's Ex-wife
Ryusuke Nishio ... Seibei Follower
Naoya Kusakawa ... Seibei Follower
Nadao Kirino ... Seibei Follower
Jun Ôtomo ... Seibei Follower
Shinpei Takagi ... Ushitora Follower
Akio Kusama ... Ushitora Follower
Yasuzô Ogawa ... Ushitora Follower
Hiroshi Takagi ... Ushitora Follower
Jun'ichirô Mukai ... Seibei Follower
Fumiyoshi Kamagaya ... Seibei Follower
Ichirô Chiba ... Second Foot Soldier
Haruya Sakamoto ... Ushitora Follower
Rinsaku Ogata ... Seibei Follower
Fumio Kogushi ... Ushitora Follower
Yoko Terui ... Woman at Seibei's House
Hiromi Mineoka ... Woman at Seibei's House
Michiko Kawa ... Woman at Seibei's House
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takuzô Kumagai (as Jirô Kumagai)
Jerry Fujio ... Roku - Samurai Whose Arm Is Cut (uncredited)

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
Akira Kurosawa (story)

Akira Kurosawa (screenplay) &
Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay)

Produced by
Ryûzô Kikushima .... executive producer
Akira Kurosawa .... producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Miyagawa 
 
Film Editing by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Production Design by
Yoshirô Muraki 
 
Costume Design by
Yoshirô Muraki 
 
Makeup Department
Yoshiko Matsumoto .... hair stylist
Junjirô Yamada .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Hiroshi Nezu .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masanobu Deme .... assistant director
Shirô Moritani .... chief assistant director
 
Art Department
Kôichi Hamamura .... property master
Yoshifumi Honda .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Chôshichirô Mikami .... sound recordist
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
Masanobu Miyazaki .... sound mixer
Zen Shida .... assistant sound
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masao Fukuda .... still photographer
Chôshirô Ishii .... lighting technician
Shôji Kaneko .... assistant lighting technician
Takao Saitô .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Masahiro Katô .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Reiko Kaneko .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Ginzo Osumi .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Hiroshi Kanesu .... choreographer
Ryû Kuze .... swordplay technique
Teruyo Nogami .... script supervisor
Yoshio Sugino .... swordplay instructor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Yôjinbô" - Japan (original title)
"The Bodyguard" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Yojimbo the Bodyguard" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-MA (cable rating)
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Trivia:
Masaki Kobayashi pushed back the filming of The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961) so that Tatsuya Nakadai could do "Yojimbo" for Akira Kurosawa, stating that it would be good for him to play a totally different character for a while.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The interval between the noise of the gunshot, and the ringing of bell is too long.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Farmer:[in Japanese] Wait, son.
Traveler:[in Japanese] Let me go, father. It's my chance.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fallout: New Vegas (2010) (VG)See more »

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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Kurosawa's most entertaining film, 17 October 2006
Author: faraaj-1 (faraajqureshi2401@gmail.com) from Sydney, Australia

Yojimbo, based on noir writer Dashiel Hammett's Red Harvest is a magnificently entertaining film. Toshiro Mifune stars as the nobody who calls himself Sanjuro (thirty but closer to forty). He enters a town destroyed by warring factions and plays a double-game to pit one faction against the other thus destroying the criminal element.

Yojimbo (aka The Bodyguard) is one of the coolest and most stylish films ever made. Starring Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa's favorite actor, as the scruffy looking Samurai, Yojimbo has all of Kurosawa's qualities and none of the flaws. The music score is an essential element of the plot and strikingly good, but admittedly bettered by the Ennio Morricone version in the Spaghetti Western remake Fistful of Dollars. The visuals are great, from the samurai swordplay, to the desolate streets, the town crier announcing its 3 a.m. to the brutal torture scene.

One of the unique things about Yojimbo is the central character. He is an anti-hero. We see him initially as a killer and a man greedy for money. But then, he saves a family by re-uniting mother and child and giving them all the money he was advanced. Mifune has never been cooler than in this film and Eastwood could only aspire to equal such a performance.

Of the two remakes, I liked Fistful of Dollars for starting the Spaghetti Western genre, although Yojimbo is a far more superior and stylish film. The gangster version, Last Man Standing, was not very good and Bruce Willis made for a poor substitute to Yojimbo. This film looks fresh and undated even today - watch it!

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