Yojimbo is a black and white samurai movie made by the master, Akira Kurosawa in 1961. Kurosawa mainstay, Toshiro Mifune portrays the main role. Before I get into this this article, I’d like to point out that there are definite distinctions between the samurai and kung-fu movie genres. Now that that is out of the way, let’s roll on.
The story of Yojimbo involves a no named wandering lone samurai (aka a Ronin) who enters a small village where rival gangs have a strangle hold over everything. Our ronin joins both gangs and performs a series of double crosses and lies that eventually pits each gang against each other. Sound familiar? Of course it does! It’s the exact plot to the classic 1964 Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western, Fistful Of Dollars staring squinty, angry eyed Clint Eastwood. This movie was remade again in 1996 as Last Man Standing, this time with Bruce Willis. The setting was moved from the old west to prohibition era Texas. These three movies were all based on the 1929 novel, “Red Harvest” by legendary Film Noir author Dashiell Hammet. Confused yet?