Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan ... See full summary »
After going to prison for killing the boss of the Kanno gang, a gangster gets released early - only to find that his ex-gang has merged with the Kannos. But with bitter resentments lingering on both sides, bloodshed is bound to begin anew.
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Very hit and miss, watch of a hardcore fan of the genre
I'm sure that even if you're reading this you're very possibly curious about what it's like and I would recommend it...though perhaps only if you've got nearly three hours to kill and you're heavily into samurai flicks, or I guess like Tatsuya Nakadai.
Basically this is very inconsistent, with flashes of real genius (and clearly an influence on modern western directors) and then there are other parts that make no sense at all. In fairness, I gather these films tend to get badly edited and that may explain a lot and as a Westerner there are always references made in these films, or ways characters deliberately behave, that we culturally just don't understand and it doesn't help us as western viewers. However, that's not to criticise our own "anglo-saxon" notion of how a story should develop, and its not to detract from the fact that there are parts of the film that frankly don't make a lot of sense, but as said, give it a watch if you are curious, just don't worry if you go "Uh!?" a lot thinking the film is a work of demented intelligence and you don't get it...the point is parts of it just don't make sense. But still, I did find if captivating and I just ignored the dodgy bits.
As for lovers of lots of blood in your samurai flick - you will definitely love parts of this. In fact, next time my friends are over I'm going to show them the gory bits! Well you know...boys...
Let's just say if you've seen the end of Kurosawa's Sanjuro, this is the same, except it happens a few times more...and in colour.
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