The Film Society is screening a movie this week that will certainly interest some of you.
“This Wednesday we’ll be showing Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo at 7pm in the McGill Cultural Studies building at 3475 Peel
“Yojimbo is a 1961 period drama directed by Akira Kurosawa. It tells the story of a ronin, played by Toshirō Mifune, who arrives in a small town where competing crime lords make their money from gambling. The ronin convinces each crime lord to hire him as protection from the other. Using careful political maneuvering and his sword, the ronin tries to bring peace
to the town by encouraging both sides to wipe each other out in battle.
“Kurosawa´s iconic classic was inspired by westerns, in particular those of John Ford, and uses western character archetypes and cinematography conventions. Ironically it was remade as A Fistful of Dollars, a spaghetti western directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood in his first appearance as the Man with No Name. Yojimbo stands as one of Kurosawa´s most beloved classics, and has had an immeasurable influence on contemporary cinema.
“We hope to see you out there!”