Quick-Thoughts: Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (1961) & Sanjuro (1962)

Akira Kurosawa Binge Part VI of IX

Yojimbo (1961)

So this is the movie that inspired A Fistful of Dollars, huh? Makes…a frighteningly amount of sense. C’mon Leone; seriously?

Amusing rivalries. Distinguishable characterizations. Sly storytelling. Tasteful violence. Legendary score. Yojimbo f’ing ruled! What an essential. 

That’s all I have to say. This film was a SCRUMPTIOUS delicacy thats easily one of the most captivating Kurosawa pictures I’ve witnessed thus far. End of story.

Verdict: A-

Akira Kurosawa Binge Part VII of IX

Sanjuro (1962)

Arguably a noticeable step down from Yojimbo, Sanjuro is nonetheless a mighty addition to this two-part production. Where Yojimbo was the antihero’s solo standoff, Sanjuro plays more as the intricate fellowship’s “prison-rescue” episode of Kuwabatake/ Tsubaki’s expanding tale. It’s short, fast-paced, and a pleasing watch with stupefying action sequences. 

Solid character-building too! 

Verdict: B

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“Yojimbo & Sanjuro” are available to stream on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and The Criterion Channel. 

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