Two Classics from Japanese Director Akira Kurosawa...
Yojimbo (1961) Director Akira Kurosawa combines elements of the western and the film noir in this classic adventure. Yojimbo (Toshiro Mifune), a freelance Samurai warrior, sells his services to rival factions in a small Japanese village. When he is betrayed, he turns his skills against his former employers, determined that the two warring sides should destroy each other. 'Yojimbo' was later remade by Sergio Leone as the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western 'A Fistful of Dollars'.
Sanjuro (1962) Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune), a shabby samurai, teams up with eight young warriors who seek out corruption among the elders of their clan. They also embark on a mission to rescue a kidnapped chancellor from a corrupt war lord. Akira Kurosawa's Samurai spoof was made as a kind of sequel to 'Yojimbo' (1962), on which 'A Fistful of Dollars' was based.