Japan, 1961, 110 min, Digital, Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Unrated but not suitable for children, Japanese with English subtitles, Janus Films
"Kurosawa here again shows his mastery of the medium. His choice of backdrop characters is also adroit and colorful, as is his ever-exciting use of the camera." - Variety
Thanks perhaps to the most indelible character in Akira Kurosawa's oeuvre, the visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo surpassed even Seven Samurai in popularity when it was released. The masterless samurai Sanjuro, who slyly manipulates two warring clans to his own advantage in a small, dusty village, was so entertainingly embodied by the brilliant Toshiro Mifune that it was only a matter of time before he returned in a sequel. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone as A Fistful of Dollars and Walter Hill as Last Man Standing, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time.
Matinée Essentials is the title of our Saturday and Sunday 1 pm series, interrupted only by special presentations. The criteria is simple: without exception, these are movies no serious filmgoer should do without. Tickets to these special screenings are $8 general admission and $5 for Gables Cinema members.