Cult of the Classic: Yojimbo (1961)
My closest friends can tell you that I have a deep love for Japanese culture. As such, a lot classic and obscure Japanese films and anime find their way to me. Most of them have a noticeable western influence, but this foreign classic not only draws from American films but would go on to inspire them as well.
A wandering ronin samurai, Sanjuro Kuwabatake (Toshirô Mifune), finds his way to a small town that has been split in two by a pair of rival gangster families. After hearing the extent of the damage caused from local innkeeper Gonji (Eijirô Tôno), Sanjuro devises a series of cunning plans to turn the families to ruin each other.
As stated, 'Yojimbo' was inspired by American cinema namely westerns. But, in an odd twist, it has been cited as the inspiration for Sergio Leone's western classic, 'A Fistful of Dollars'. How appropriate, as Toshirô's hardened personally in this film really does make him feel like t