The bodyguard

DVD - 1999 | Japanese
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In the year 1860, a wandering samurai-for-hire turns the war between two clans fighting for control of a small town to his own advantage. A satire on greed, violence, paranoia and human weakness. Includes theatrical trailer.


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May 20, 2018

Better than its predecessor, Yohimbo, as this one stresses the drama and tones down the bad comedy.

Mar 26, 2016

Good to see these Kurosawa films being released on dvd. Mifune was a very special actor and Kurosawa is to be praised for his unsentimental films. The extras on the dvd were worth watching and showed Kurosawa's fanatical attention to detail.

Nov 01, 2015

Watched it while the clock strikes 1 after Halloween.. yeah, a halloween extravaganza with its gore & violence pre-Quentin Tarantino with a comedic touch.

Oct 23, 2015

Yojimbo and Rashomon are Kurosawa's masterpiece subversions/elevations of the samurai film. Sanjuro is his perfect embodiment of the samurai film. This movie is not particularly clever in subverting story conventions. It is a solidly told, beautifully shot straight forward samurai action film. It has bits of James Bond and classic Western thrown in and it all works. This is Kurosawa's conventional masterpiece, proof that you can do a film that on the surface appears disctintly cliche and make it excellent.

Oct 23, 2015

A great game would be to watch Yojimbo (Starring Toshiro Mifune), then A Fistful of Dollars (starring Clint Eastwood), then Last Man Standing (starring Bruce Willis). The process will give the viewer a lesson in how remakes are not necessarily bad. All three films are the same story, reinterpreted through different lenses. Yojimbo is by far the best, beautiful and intoxicating in a way so many films are not, it stands up to the ravages of time and whims of changing taste amazingly well. Watch this movie. And then watch its remakes.

Sep 01, 2013

Fantastic film. One of the key ones that inspired me to become a filmmaker.

Jun 25, 2013

This is an Akira Kurosawa film with Toshiro Mifune as the title Samurai character. I found that reading the booklet that came with the Dvd helped me understand some of the problems they had with the making of this movie and the ingenious solutions they came up with. Like a Camellia Bush that had to have fake Leaves and flowers because the real things would not hold together and more...

Green_Bird_203 Dec 03, 2012

I miss Mifune.

brendancarlson Sep 05, 2012

Akira Kurosawa &Toshiro Mifune hit a grand slam with this movie, don't miss it.

Aug 03, 2012

Humourous yet thought-provoking, this film is one of the best samurai movies in Japan.
Mind-boggling is the last duel scene of Sanjuro and Hanbei---the antagonist.
The behind-the-scene story reveals that the shocking "blood explosion" at the duel was done in one take.
At the moment when the compressor hose attached to actor Tatsuya Nakadai (who played Hanbei) was activated, it blew a coupling that caused a much larger gush of fluid than planned.
It was so strong that it nearly lifted him off the ground and it took all his might to keep himself on the ground.
Indeed, he acted marvelously!

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Mar 23, 2016

The fastest sword in the East.

In the words of Toshiro Mifune
"Go hang yourself"

Mar 12, 2011

"...Go hang yourself."


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Violence: One character gets an arm chopped off. But on the whole nothing brutal no heads and limbs falling off left right and center. It's more entertainment fighting based on the character's power over his opponents obviously Mifune prevails over his opponents.


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