“I’d like to be able to make a Western like Kurosawa makes Westerns,” director Sam Peckinpah once said, memorably. In Yojimbo, an unnamed masterless samurai (a ronin) played by the great Toshiro Mifune wanders, ragged and unshaven, into a village embroiled in a battle between two clans. This quiet, deadly stranger is looking to hire himself out to the highest bidder—and so this beloved, violent action movie begins. Inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s novel Red Harvest, it quickly captured the moviemaking imagination and spawned countless remakes—most notably, Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western “Dollars” trilogy, featuring Clint Eastwood in his first starring appearances, as the iconic Man with No Name. In the pulse-pounding For a Few Dollars More, the second in the series, Eastwood’s serape-clad Man joins forces with a bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef) to capture the bandit El Indio (Gian Maria Volontè).
Yojimbo (Presented in 35mm)
- 110 m. Akira Kurosawa. Janus Films. Japan. Japanese with subtitles. NR.
For a Few Dollars More
- 132 m. Sergio Leone. Park Circus. Italy/Spain/West Germany. In Italian with English subtitles. NR.