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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 told ToshirĂ´ Mifune that his character was like a wolf or a dog and told Tatsuya Nakadai that his character was like a snake. Inspired by this direction, Mifune came up with Sanjuro's trademark shoulder twitch, similar to the way a dog or wolf tries to get off fleas.
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.
In one scene, the samurai shows incredible skill at knife-throwing by impaling a blowing leaf against a wooden floor. This was accomplished by running the shot backwards. In the frame before the knife hits the leaf, you can see a slit in the leaf the same size and at the exact point where the knife penetrates it a frame later.
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