July 17, 2018

Episode 373: Yojimbo (1961)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jordan Blossey, Eric Cohen

Released in 1961, Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo was an international sensation and put jettisoned star Toshiro Mifune into the pantheon of cinematic badasses. It’s the story of merchants who manipulate two factions of gangsters in a small town. Our main character -- a man with no name -- comes to the town and after sizing things up decides that he’ll make a bit of money playing both sides against one another. Along the way we discover that perhaps he’s not the unscrupulous amoral bastard he pretends to be.

Eric Cohen and Jordan Blossey join Mike to discuss Yojimbo, it's sequel Sanjuro and a few other "Yojimbo movies" as well as Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, Walter Hill's Last Man Standing and a raft of other similar films.

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Links:
Buy Yojimbo & Sanjuro on Blu-Ray
Buy the Man with No Name trilogy on Blu-Ray
Buy Red Harvet by Dashiell Hammett
Read more about Hammett's Corkscrew
Buy Hammett: A Life on the Edge by William F. Nolan
Read about Machibuse: Incident at Blood Pass
Four Artists and a Man with No Name by Scherpschutter
West Meets East by Alexander Sesonske
A Comparison of 'Yojimbo', 'A Fistful of Dollars' and 'Last Man Standing'

Music:
Yojimbo Score - Masaru Satoh
A Fistful of Dollars Score - Ennio Morricone

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