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|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] ...it 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, Reel.com
Editor's NoteThis 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.
|Akira Kurosawa - [Both] Director|
|Oscar, Yoshiro Muraki, [Yojimbo] Best Costume Design, Black-and-White|
|Venice Film Festival, Toshiro Mifune, [Yojimbo] Volpi Cup - Best Actor|
|Venice Film Festival, Akira Kurosawa, [Yojimbo] Golden Lion Award|
This pack is recommended for any fan of good movies, especially if you're into Leone's Westerns. The DVD package is great as well. Criterion delivers once again with the high quality transfer. There aren't any real special features but the commentary is very insightful. Highly recommended.