Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
Wednesday Oct 25 07:30 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00
About the Film:
Part of Akira Kurosawa Retrospective
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto. Japan. 1970. Japanese with English subtitles. 115 min.
We take a brief detour from Kurosawa to enjoy a spinoff that brings together two of most famous swordsmen in Japanese cinema. Actor Toshiro Mifune plays a similar character to Sanjuro, the ronin (masterless samurai) in Akira Kurosawa's famous film Yojimbo (1961). After a two-year absence from screens, the blind swordsman Zatoichi returns in one of his best adventures. Zatoichi treks to a village that has always been a favorite spot of his, only to discover that it’s become a living hell, plagued by feuding father and son yakuza as well as the younger crime boss’s bodyguard—Toshiro Mifune’s scruffy, smart-mouthed, cash-hungry Yojimbo of legend. This is the sole Zatoichi effort from celebrated director Kihachi Okamoto, who supplies satirical vision and stylistic panache worthy of the two iconic characters at the film’s center.