Sanjuro (1962)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Kurosawa’s regular Toshiro Mifune as Sanjuro, the bored Ronin – One man army.A samurai reluctant to kill.
2) Muroto death scene.The blood fountain was unexpected as during the entire movie Sanjuro killed scores of men but without the presence of blood.
3) Sanjuro’s trademark shoulder twitch, beard scratching, and hands hidden inside his ragged kimono.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“You’re like a drawn sword. Sharp, naked without a sheath. You cut well. But good swords are kept in their sheaths.”

Rashomon (1950)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Story: the cornerstone of the movie
2) Cinematography: Vintage Akira
3) Toshiro Mifune as Tajōmaru, the bandit
4) A story of morality, humanity & conflict.
5) One of the most influential story-line in world cinema.

 

Cons –
n/a

Quote –
“Commoner: I even heard that the demon living here in Rashômon fled in fear of the ferocity of man.”

Yojimbo (1961)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
0ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict –5 /5

 

Pros –
1) Mother of all “Western” / “Cowboy” Movies.
2) Cinematography (Lone Hero/ The Wind/Wide Framing/Hanging Gonji/ Ransacking the building scene/Graveyard Scene )
3) The subtle humor
4) Toshiro Mifune: The badass Anti-Hero
5) The bloodshed and gore.
6) Daisuke Katō as Inokichi

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
Sanjuro: No help for fools.