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Yojimbo

Akira Kurosawa

 
Yojimbo (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Japan
  • 1961
  • 110 minutes
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #52

The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Optional Dolby Digital 3.0 soundtrack, preserving the original Perspecta simulated-stereo effects (DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition)
  • Audio commentary by film historian and Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince
  • A 45-minute documentary on the making of Yojimbo, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, featuring Kurosawa, actor Tatsuya Nakadai, production designer Yoshiro Muraki, and longtime Kurosawa collaborator Teruyo Nogami
  • Theatrical teaser and trailer
  • Stills gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Alexander Sesonske and comments from Kurosawa and his cast and crew

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

West Meets East

By Alexander SesonskeMarch 23, 2010

If we adapt the language of horse breeders to the genealogy of films, one might write Yojimbo, . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

The Magnetic Mifune

April 01, 2014


Photo Galleries

12 Great Opening Shots

May 09, 2013


Clippings

Sight & Sound and Kurosawa

June 24, 2010

In its July issue, Sight & Sound tosses its helmet into the Kurosawa ring with its own . . . Read more »


Film Essays

West Meets East

By Alexander SesonskeMarch 23, 2010

If we adapt the language of horse breeders to the genealogy of films, one might write Yojimbo, . . . Read more »