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Title: Yojimbo
Year: 1961
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writers: Akira Kurosawa & Ryuzo Kikushima
Starring: Toshirô Mifune
Music: Masaru Satô
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design (black-and-white); currently #132 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 110 minutes
Synopsis: a wandering samurai tries to get rival gangs to kill each other
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great)
Objective Rating: 10/10 c. 3.8/4 (Great)

Great, fun movie. Mifune’s character is probably one of the best (or at least most important) ever put on film. This movie’s not quite as good as the spaghetti westerns it inspired, though. (Interestingly, it isn’t just the plot and characters that Sergio Leone ripped off, but also the style. And the few aspects of the style Leone missed got picked up by Quentin Tarantino in Kill Bill.) I would just give it a 7/10, but I bumped it up a point simply because of the music. My new favorite film score.

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