V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Yojimbo

V' 16

Yojimbo

Der Leibwächter

Kurosawa Akira
Japan, 1961
111min, Omd/fU

Quelle: Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Yojimbo

Kurosawa Akira
Japan, 1961
, 111min, Omd/fU

Actors: 
Mifune Toshiro
Kuwabatake Sanjuro
Tono Eijiro
Gonji
Fujiwara Kamatari
Tazaemon
Takashi Shimura
Tokuemon
Kawazu Seizaburô
Seibei
Screenplay: 
Kikushima Ryuzo
Kurosawa Akira
Sound: 
Mikami Choshichiro
Shimonaga Hisashi
Camera: 
Miyagawa Kazuo
Ishii Choshiro
Editor: 
Kaneko Reiko
Composer: 
Sato Masaru
Decoration: 
Muraki Yoshiro
Costume: 
Kato Masahiro
Muraki Yoshiro

Production: 
Kurosawa Productions
Toho Co. Ltd.
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

A jobless and vagrant samurai comes into a nineteenth-century Japanese town where two lawless and vicious factions are battling for control. He goes to the local tavern, orders sake, gets briefed on the local situation, and offers his sword for hire. He will work as a bodyguard (yôjimbô) for the side that makes the better bid. (Bosley Crowther)

“The story is so ideally interesting that it’s surprising no one else ever thought of it. The idea about rivalry on both sides, and both sides are equally bad. We all know what this is like. Here we are, weakly caught in the middle, and it is impossible to choose between evils. It was truly an enormous popular hit. Everyone at the company said it was because of the sword-fighting. But that is not so – the reason was the character of the hero and what he does. He is a real hero, he has a real reason for fighting. He doesn’t just stand by and wave his sword around.” (Kurosawa Akira, interviewed by Donald Richie)

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