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.
- 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.