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Big Screen Classics: YOJIMBO

Director Akira Kurosawa
Year 1961
Starring Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Takashi Shimura
Rating UR
Run Time 110min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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A wandering ronin named Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) stumbles upon a rural 19th Century Japanese town split down the middle by two rival gangs. Having no clear allegiance to either side, he decides to play each against the other in an attempt to lead both towards extinction. What follows is an ultra-tense cinematic showdown at high noon between cat and mouse. Unfortunately, Sanjuro’s carefully laid plan begins to unravel when the son of one gangster arrives in town: the wily, ruthless, and uncouth Unosuke (Tatsuya Nakadai), who boasts not only blade, but also revolver. When the game changes, Sanjuro finds himself in a fight for his life and the lives of the innocent citizens caught in the middle. Unquestionably Japan’s biggest stars of the period, Mifune and Nakadai appear together here onscreen for the first time ever – this was, and honestly still is, the biggest of big deals. Aside from THE SEVEN SAMURAI (1954), YOJIMBO is Kurosawa’s best and most celebrated work. To see it on 35mm is to be in awe of a master and his actors who were, are, and always will be towering giants of the cinema. (Sam Prime)

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