Top Ten Samurai Films


3. Yojimbo

Akira Kurosawa is most well known for directing the classic Seven Samurai, but that wasn’t the only time the master filmmaker made a classic samurai film. Behold Yojimibo, the 1961 samurai flick starring the always impressive Toshiro Mifune. The story of a wandering warrior stumbling upon a small village overcome with trouble has left an indellible mark on cinema ever since it deubted all those years ago. Indeed, Sergio Leone remade Yojimbo in his kick ass Spaghetti Western style starring Clint Eastwood in the movie A Fistful of Dollars. If the pairing of Kurosawa, Mifune and sword wielding samurai isn’t enough to leave any film freak in a cinematic euphoria, I just don’t know what will.

Fun Facts:

  • The sound of a sword cutting into a body was made by sticking two chopsticks into a piece of raw chicken, then cutting it with a sword
  • Yojimbo can be translated into bodyguard in English
  • Sergio Leone didn’t have film rights for his remake and was therefore sued for making A Fistful of Dollars.
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  • steve hubbell

    Top 10 Samurai films (sort of) listed by release date rather than arbitrary ranking

    1. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa 1954)
    2. Yojimbo (Kurosawa 1962) / Sanjuro (Kurosawa 1963)
    3. Hara Kiri (Kobayashi 1962)
    4. Three Outlaw Samurai (Gosha 1963)
    5. Revenge (Imai 1964)
    6. Sword of the Beast (Gosha 1965)
    7. The Sword of Doom (Okamoto 1966)
    8. Samurai Rebellion (Kobayashi 1967)
    9. Kill! (Okamoto 1968)
    10. Goyokin (Gosha 1969)

    Honorable Mentions….

    11. Thirteen Assassins (Kudo 1963)
    12. The Great Killing (Kudo 1964)
    13. Eleven Samurai (Kudo 1966)
    14. Incident at Blood Pass (Inagaki 1970)

    No remakes, no Hollywood imitations, no animation, just the cream of the crop of samurai films available in the US on officially released DVDs with English subtitles.

    • Going old school I see. Nice list!

    • Niels Koomans


  • Good Man

    Is this list a joke?