用心棒 (YOJIMBO) [1961]

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Elizabeth

Well, I don’t know what Chris is going to say about me watching Yojimbo. But if he says that I hated it, or hate Kurosawa, it’s not true! We ended up watching Yojimbo in two parts, because I started falling asleep the first time we watched it. Before you judge me, keep in mind that this was A.) After a full day of work, B.) In a room with all the lights off and C.) Because the movie’s in Japanese, it’s easy to close your eyes and not be distracted . . .

ANYWAY. No, I didn’t hate Yojimbo, yes, I thought it was boring at first. I guess I just didn’t really understand the point; why is the samurai (Toshiro Mifune) getting involved in the gang wars of this town he just wandered into? But once things got real, once the samurai got caught double crossing one of the gangs, it got really interesting and good.

The best part was the relationship between the samurai and the old man who helps him (Eijirō Tōno). The samurai kind of treats him like shit at first, but once the samurai realizes this guy is pretty much the only honest person he can trust, they let each other help each other out. Which is cute.

Christopher

I really enjoy watching movies. And I really enjoy old foreign movies. And I really really love old Japanese movies.

Yojimbo to me is a perfect movie. It stars a complete badass, it’s set in a town in a civil war, there are sword fights, there are head games, there’s a lady/family to save, it’s fantastic cinema!! I mean, APPARENTLY coughElizabethcough the first half is slow. It may be but it’s so necessary for the finale. If you have not seen this please take the time, but I trust mostly people probably have.

I hope this doesn’t sound pretentious or anything, cause I obviously don’t have enough knowledge about the movie or this would be a better post, but it really is the definition of what I love about movies both now in my life and really good old memories.

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