Detroit Film Theatre


YOJIMBO

Saturday, April 19, 2014

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Japan/1961—directed by Akira Kurosawa)
 
The great Toshiro Mifune is a masterless samurai named Sanjuro, who wanders into a village terrorized by two equally evil, constantly warring factions. Seeing a way to turn the situation to his advantage, Sanjuro wryly decides to (secretly) sell his services as a master sworsdsman to both sides, resulting in a tidal wave of apocalyptic swordplay and a wholly satisfying conclusion. A darkly funny, deeply cynical and masterfully crafted adventure, Yojimbo (The Bodyguard) is an audacious and pioneering blend of violence and wit, subsequently remade by Sergio Leone as A Fistful of Dollars and by Walter Hill as Last Man Standing. In Japanese with English subtitles. (110 minutes)  
 
“A glorious comedy-satire; the first great shaggy-man movie." –Pauline Kael, The New Yorker