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Director: Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Toshirô Mifune
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Format: DVD
Sku: 203390214
UPC: 715515021524
UPC 14: 00715515021524
Category Keywords: Japan  Samurai
The Criterion Collection.
Thanks to perhaps the most indelible character in Akira Kurosawa's oeuvre, Yojimbo surpassed even Seven Samurai in popularity when it was released. The masterless samurai Sanjuro, who slyly manipulates two warring clans to his own advantage in a small, dusty village, was so entertainingly embodied by the brilliant Toshiro Mifune, that it was only a matter of time before he returned in a sequel. Made just one year later, Sanjuro matches Yojimbo's storytelling dexterity, yet adds a layer of world-weary pragmatism that brings the duo to a thrilling and unforgettable conclusion. Criterion is proud to present this pair of Kurosawa masterworks in new, high-definition anamorphic digital transfers.

"[Yojimbo] Great begining and ending...  Christopher Null,
"[Yojimbo] sure was entertaining  Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Sanjuro] ...a shocking, graphic, powerful ending, and a perfect finish to this pair of remarkable films.  Tod Booth,

Editor's Note
This double feature presents two of Akira Kurosawa's samurai masterpieces: the comedic YOJIMBO (1961) and its sequel SANJURO (1962). See individual titles for plot synopses.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/23/2007
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1962
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1669
Video UPC UPC: 00715515021524
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Isuzu Yamada
Video Cast Info Keiji Kobayashi
Video Cast Info Takashi Shimura
Video Cast Info Tatsuya Nakadai
Video Cast Info Toshiro Mifune
Video Cast Info Yuzo Kayama
Video Cast Info Akira Kurosawa - [Both] Director


Nominee (1962)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Yoshiro Muraki, [Yojimbo] Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

Winner (1961)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Toshiro Mifune, [Yojimbo] Volpi Cup - Best Actor

Nominee (1961)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Akira Kurosawa, [Yojimbo] Golden Lion Award

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
4 stars out of 4 -- "The tale is elegantly simple....A cinephile's dream." 02/08/2007 p.80 9 of 10
[Sanjuro] Short and sweet. If you haven't seen Yojimbo, go rent that before this. If you haven't seen Seven Samurai, go rent that before Yojimbo. And once you've done those two, graduate to Sanjuro...As said before, the fighting isn't the object. The twists in the tale and the performance of Mifune bring so much more to this film, and the two previously mentioned, than Hollywood is capable of today. This movie won't be for everybody. It's black and white, it's old, and it's subtitled, but it's something you can't and won't look away from. - Chris Parry

ReelViews 10 of 10
[Yojimbo] Yojimbo was made at the end of Kurosawa's most fruitful period of movie-making. Over the span of eleven years, he crafted more than a half-dozen memorable motion pictures, beginning with Rashomon and including such classics as The Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress...There's a sense of symmetry surrounding the development of Yojimbo. The movie was conceived and designed as an homage to that most American of films - the Western. From the empty, windswept street stretching the length of town to the arrival of the stoic stranger, images familiar to viewers of '40s and '50s Westerns abound...It is fair to say that, without Yojimbo, certain key aspects of Western cinema would not be the same today. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Kurosawa,Akira
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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