Starring Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yoko Tsukasa
Iconic. Grand. Flawless.
A nonchalant drifter (Mifune) arrives in a town beset by rival gangs. Without a name or any explicit motive, the drifter feigns support for both sides while secretly playing them against each other. Inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s novel, The Glass Key (great in its own right), Yojimbo is wildly entertaining, funny, cool, and, with its anachronistic soundtrack, the source of inspiration for Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964). Mifune is unforgettable as the mysterious and deceptive nameless rogue.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-