Moviedrome Mondays: Yojimbo (1961)

Since I could not find a youtube video link of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 undisputed Samurai classic Yojimbo, readers will have to make do with Cox’s intro transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was July 29, 1990 (read here). Cox perfectly sums up everything about why this film is a masterpiece. In addition, I too will say that as much as I loved director Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars – the iconic Italian 1964 spaghetti western remake – Yojimbo (the original) still ranks as the best.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

10 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Yojimbo (1961)

  1. Of course it is better than ‘Fistful’. As Seven Samurai is better than ‘Magnificent 7’, and so on…Few have ever come close to the genius of Kurosawa.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Kurosawa’s Samurai movies and those remade as Westerns is maybe the only sequence in history of the originals and remakes consistently being equally strong. I’m not sure I can choose between any of them, though Kurosawa nails the introspection while the US has the upper hand in action – and of course some classic Scores.

  3. I think this is one of Cox’s best introductions, his love for Kurosawa certainly shines through. Speaking of Kurosawa I found a DVD of The Seven Samurai in a cupboard last week. I intend to watch it soon and follow it with Yojimbo. Thanks for the post John. It’s always good to see Moviedrome Monday pop up in my reader.

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