Yojimbo (1961) Poster



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Followed by 

Sanjuro (1962)

Version of 

Roadhouse Nights (1930)
based on the same Dashiell Hammett novel
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
based on the same Dashiell Hammett novel
Miller's Crossing (1990)
based on the same Dashiell Hammett novel

Remade as 

Kaze no yôjinbô (2001) (TV Series)
Is a TV show remake of Yojimbo.


Referenced in 

Django (1966)
Resembles Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo.
Kill! (1968)
A lone samurai comes into a town and causes trouble.
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)
Shot of a dog carrying a severed hand in its mouth.
Saturday Night Live: Richard Pryor/Gil Scott-Heron (1975) (TV Episode)
Samurai Futaba was modeled after Toshiro Mifune's character
Karate Warriors (1976)
Plot shows simularities.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Yojimbo is frequently alluded to in the Star Wars series, e.g. the limbs sliced off by swords/lightsabers. Early Star Wars equipment and merchandise was often shipped with the cover-story title Blue Harvest (based on Red Harvest, source novel of Yojimbo) to root out bootleg and pirated items.
Desperate Living (1977)
A dog runs off with a severed appendage, but it's not a hand...
The Warriors (1979)
In the final battle Swan throws a knife into the arm of the only character with a gun. Sanjuro defeats Unosuke in exactly the same way.
When the Raven Flies (1984)
Plot shows simularities.
The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)
Plot shows simularities.
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
The character is a reference to Yojimbo.
The Killer (1989)
The beach shootout where Jeff saves the little girl is Woo's homage to Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo
Wild at Heart (1990)
the dog bitting the hand of the bank guard
Ninja Scroll (1993)
Rising Sun (1993)
Brainscan (1994)
The dog running with a severed limb in the mouth.
Steel Frontier (1995) (Video)
The X-Files: Pusher (1996) (TV Episode)
Rudora no hihou (1996) (Video Game)
Eastwood on Eastwood (1997) (TV Movie)
Desert Heat (1999)
Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) (TV Movie)
"Yojimbo" is mentioned.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
Like the first Vampire Hunter D the character is a reference to Yojimbo.
Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV Movie)
Video case is shown.
Millennium Actress (2001)
One character in one of the films appears just like the main character of Yojimbo
City of God (2002)
The gang war at the end partially follows the plot of yojimbo.
Samurai Jack: Jack Versus Demongo, the Soul Collector (2002) (TV Episode)
the scene with a walking Jack is a reference to the Kurosawa film.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Arterial spurts, plus the last of the Crazy 88 is spared and told to go home to mother just as in "Yojimbo."
Exhumed (2003) (Video)
character based on Toshiro Mifune's character
EuroTrip (2004)
Dog with hand in its mouth
Zeitgeist (2004)
VHS Tape is shown.
The Spaghetti West (2005) (Video)
Mentioned in documentary.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Plot shows simularities.
Heroes: Chapter Ten 'Six Months Ago' (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Hiro.
Lost: Tricia Tanaka Is Dead (2007) (TV Episode)
Vincent the dog comes out of the jungle with Roger the workman's severed arm. Moments later Sawyer refers to Jin as "Jin-bo".
Beantown (2007)
Two lines of fighters facing one another on path
Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
Plot shows simularities.
12 (2007)
A dog is seen running down a street with a human arm in its mouth.
Sydney White (2007)
Sydney has a comic book titled "Yojimbo."
Nova: Secrets of the Samurai Sword (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in show.
The Middleman: The Vampiric Puppet Lamentation (2008) (TV Episode)
Wendy twice mentions Usagi Yojimbo, a comic book character inspired by this movie.
Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (2008) (Video)
Pays homage to the scene showing a dog with a human limb in its mouth
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
Gangs that plan on killing a man end up turning on each other
NCIS: Ignition (2010) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo says Sayers was working both sides like Yojimbo
Fallout: New Vegas (2010) (Video Game)
Overall likeness, a lone hero drifts from desolate town to town, playing the two opposing factions against each other, both factions rise and fall at the will of the lone hero.
Nikita: The Next Seduction (2011) (TV Episode)
Ari Tasarov mentions it.
Game of Thrones: You Win or You Die (2011) (TV Episode)
Dog with hand in its mouth
Burn Notice: Enemy of My Enemy (2011) (TV Episode)
Character refers to a "Yojinbo" plan - playing enemies off each other.
Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou (2011)
Mou mentions that he watched Kurosawa films, including probably this film, for school during his college days.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Lifts the famous gag of the dog taking a severed body part.

Featured in 

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) (TV Special)
The Bodyguard (1992)
Frank Farmer and Rachel Marron go out on a date at the movies. They see Yôjinbô with the scene shown being where Sanjuro does his first demonstration of his effectiveness.
Scene by Scene: Martin Scorsese (1998) (TV Episode)
Memories of 'The Bodyguard' (2005) (Video)
clip shown
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Film Directors (2013) (TV Episode)
Renegade Cut: Yojimbo (2015) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed


Spoofed in 

Hi no tori (1978)
Garfield and Friends: The Lasagna Zone/U.S. Acres: Sleepytime Pig/Yojumbo (1989) (TV Episode)
Title and partial plot for "Yojumbo"
Mars Attacks! (1996)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: MMMystery on the Friendship Express (2012) (TV Episode)
Pinkie's fantasy about Mulia destroying the cake is a spoof of Yojimbo.

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