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Yojimbo ()

Yôjinbô (original title)
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination.
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Sanjuro Kuwabatake / The Samurai
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Unosuke - Gunfighter
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Nui
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Orin
Daisuke Katô ...
Inokichi - Ushitora's Rotund Brother
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Seibê - Brothel Operator
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Tokuemon - Sake Brewer
Hiroshi Tachikawa ...
Yoichiro
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Kohei's Son
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Gonji - Tavern Keeper
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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
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First Samurai
Sachio Sakai ...
First Foot Soldier
Akira Tani ...
Kame
Tsunagorô Rashômon ...
Kannuki the Giant
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Kohei
Gen Shimizu ...
Magotaro
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Matsukichi
Shin Ôtomo ...
Kumosuke
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Ushitora Follower
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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)
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Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by

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Akira Kurosawa

Written by

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Akira Kurosawa ... (story)
 
Akira Kurosawa ... (screenplay) &
Ryûzô Kikushima ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Ryûzô Kikushima ... executive producer
Akira Kurosawa ... producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka ... executive producer

Music by

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Masaru Satô

Cinematography by

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Kazuo Miyagawa

Film Editing by

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Akira Kurosawa

Editorial Department

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Reiko Kaneko ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Yoshirô Muraki

Costume Design by

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Yoshirô Muraki

Makeup Department

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Yoshiko Matsumoto ... hair stylist
Junjirô Yamada ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Hiroshi Nezu ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Masanobu Deme ... assistant director
Shirô Moritani ... chief assistant director

Art Department

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Kôichi Hamamura ... property master
Yoshifumi Honda ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Chôshichirô Mikami ... sound recordist
Ichirô Minawa ... sound effects editor
Masanobu Miyazaki ... sound recordist
Zen Shida ... assistant sound
Hisashi Shimonaga ... sound recordist

Camera and Electrical Department

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Masao Fukuda ... still photographer
Chôshirô Ishii ... lighting technician
Shôji Kaneko ... assistant lighting technician
Takao Saitô ... assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Masahiro Katô ... costumer

Transportation Department

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Ginzo Osumi ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Hiroshi Kanesu ... choreographer
Ryû Kuze ... swordplay technique
Teruyo Nogami ... script supervisor
Yoshio Sugino ... swordplay instructor
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Sanjuro, a wandering samurai enters a rural town in nineteenth century Japan. After learning from the innkeeper that the town is divided between two gangsters, he plays one side off against the other. His efforts are complicated by the arrival of the wily Unosuke, the son of one of the gangsters, who owns a revolver. Unosuke has Sanjuro beaten after he reunites an abducted woman with her husband and son, then massacres his father's opponents. During the slaughter, the samurai escapes with the help of the innkeeper; but while recuperating at a nearby temple, he learns of innkeeper's abduction by Unosuke, and returns to the town to confront him. Written by Bernard Keane

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Taglines Better if all these men were dead. Think about it! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Bodyguard (Japan)
  • Yojimbo (World-wide, English title)
  • Yojimbo the Bodyguard (United States)
  • Yojimbo (Canada, English title)
  • Yojimbo (New Zealand, English title)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $916,667

Did You Know?

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Trivia Akira Kurosawa told Toshirô Mifune that his character was like a wolf or a dog and told Tatsuya Nakadai that his character was like a snake. Inspired by this direction, Mifune came up with Sanjuro's trademark shoulder twitch, similar to the way a dog or wolf tries to get off fleas. See more »
Goofs In the initial fight scene The Samurai cuts the first two adversaries in the mid-section, then slices the last man's arm off. That last man is first seen from behind holding the sword in his right arm above his head, but the arm holding the sword shown moments later is a left arm. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990). See more »
Quotes [Sanjuro's talking with three men]
Sanjuro: You're all tough, then?
Gambler: What? Kill me if you can!
Sanjuro: It'll hurt.
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