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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.

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