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A monumental hospital-for-the poor based melodrama set in 19th century Japan, directed by legendary director Akira Kurosawa. An ageing doctor (nicknamed Red Beard, played by Toshiro Mifune) gradually instils into his young and ambitious new intern the rewards of working in the poorer sections of the community. The film bowls along magnificently in a strange yet compelling mixture of genuine emotion, absurdity and poetic fantasy and clearly shows Kurosawa’s humanitarian tendencies, without wallowing in sentimentality. The period recreation of 19th century Japan is matchless and Mifune's retrained yet towering central performance impresses. Although a huge success in Japan, and after a run of 16 straight films, this would prove to be the last time the legendary pairing of Kurosawa and Mifune would work together – the film took two years to shoot,  Mifune had to keep his (real!) beard for that two years, thus having to turn down many other lucrative roles, leading to their permanent estrangement.   

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2018
 

Yojimbo is the acclaimed 1961 jidaigeki (Japanese period) film directed by the legendary director Akira Kurosawa. It tells the story of a masterless samurai (ronin), portrayed by the great Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, who arrives in a small one horse town where two competing crime lords and their gangs vie for supremacy. The two bosses each try to hire the newcomer as a bodyguard. The samurai plays both sides off each other in an effort to get more money - death and destruction awaits with darkly comedic results. The film was remade as the famous spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars by Sergio Leone starring Clint Eastwood. Yojimbo is acknowledged as one of the greatest and most influential action films ever made and was Kurosawa's most popular ever film at the box office both in Japan and internationally.