Akira Kurosawa Binge Part VI of IX
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 that’s easily one of the most captivating Kurosawa pictures I’ve witnessed thus far. End of story.
Akira Kurosawa Binge Part VII of IX
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!
“Yojimbo & Sanjuro” are available to stream on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and The Criterion Channel.