YOJIMBO (1961) - Kurosawa/Mifune: The Samurai Films

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  • dir. AKIRA KUROSAWA
  • year. 1961
  • country. JAPAN
  • run-time. 1h 50min
  • rating. PG

£5.00 (£3.50 conc.)

Doors 19:00 - Film 19:30

 


Deptford Cinema pays tribute in 2017 to Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa- one of the world’s greatest directors, who helped catapult Japanese cinema onto the global stage. Though he turned his hand to many genres over his long career, it is undeniably his period action films, or "jidaigeki", that have left the greatest mark on world cinema. 

Kurosawa also gifted the world one of the great director-actor collaborations, tapping the ferocious energy and charisma of star Toshirô Mifune over a dozen times. All the films in our season see Mifune in a leading role.

In Yojimbo, Mifune is magnetic as a wandering, wily samurai who plays off several warring factions against each other in a rural village in 18th century Japan. Stylish and darkly funny, the film influenced the likes of Sergio Leone, who remade the film into his A Fistful of Dollars western starring Clint Eastwood.