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Yojimbo (25-Apr-1961)

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Ryuzo Kikushima; Akira Kurosawa

Keywords: Crime, Japan

A samurai with no master manipulates two feuding factions of a town into destroying each other. Kurosawa's masterpiece; one of the most influential films ever produced. It inspired the Spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars (1964), though Yojimbo itself isn't wholly original; it used as a rough framework Dashiell Hammett's gangster novel Red Harvest as well as The Glass Key (1942), which Kurosawa admits. Received an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Toshirô Mifune
1-Apr-1920 24-Dec-1997 Yojimbo
Tatsuya Nakadai
13-Dec-1932   The Sword of Doom
Takashi Shimura
12-Mar-1905 11-Feb-1982 The Seven Samurai
Isuzu Yamada
5-Feb-1917 9-Jul-2012 Yojimbo


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