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Yojimbo (1961) was a Action - Crime Film directed by Akira Kurosawa and produced by Akira Kurosawa and Tomoyuki Tanaka.

Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)

Best Costume DesignYoshiro MurakiNominated

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Yojimbo (1961)

By Beatrice on Nov 27, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Yojimbo Directed by Akira Kurosawa Written by Akira Kurosawa and Ry?s? Kikushima 1961/Japan Kurosawa Production Company/Toho Company Repeat viewing/Criterion Collection DVD This is certainly the most fun film Kurasawa ever made. For all the violence, it just makes me smile. A ronin (masterless... Read full article

Kurosawa Classic: Yojimbo (???)

By Rachel T on Apr 19, 2014 From Sunset Blvd

One of the best aspects of the study of cinema is watching the story of a magnificent art form unfold, and observing a kind of great conversation blossom between filmmakers across the world. In many ways, Yojimbo is the continuation of the classic Hollywood tradition; one need not look too deeply to... Read full article

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Akira Kurosawa challenged his assistant directors to come up with an image for the film to let Sanjuro know he was entering a bad town. He shot down all of their ideas, since all of them had already been done. Kurosawa himself then came up with the idea of the dog carrying the human hand.
The massive amount of dust seen in the film being blown about the wind was actually imported by the truckload from an abandoned firing range. When the wind-machines started, it was nearly impossible for the actors to keep their eyes open because they were being engulfed in the dust. When Tatsuya Nakadai 's death scene, shot over the course of three days, with the combination of the fake blood and the blowing dust, made him break out in hives that lasted for weeks after filming.
"Yojimbo" means "bodyguard" in Japanese.
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