It had been years since I have last seen Yojimbo. When I put the Criterion DVD into my player, I was enthralled by all 110 minutes. Kurosawa has made so many truly classic films, sometimes his other works are overlooked. This film, though not as good as Seven Samurai/Ran/Ikiru/Rashomon is still better then 99% of the films that have ever been made.
In short, the movie is about a lone samurai without allegiance coming to a town of comical loons. The desolate looking town is split between 2 factions, each with their own hired goons. The town is literally being torn apart by them. In walks "Sanjuro" to right the situation!?! Toshiro Mifune is excellent as the no-name, bad mannered, shoulder-shrugging, toothpick-biting samurai. He decides to play each side against the other to start his plan of riding the town of their problem.
The film is wonderfully paced, has nice twists, solid dialogue, great acting and an overall warmness in all aspects. My only problem is not with the movie, but with the DVD. I own many Criterion DVDs and this has to be the worse in overall quality. The print quality was a letdown, surely there must be a better print that was not used.
If you are a "true lover" of film, then I highly recommend this film. You will not be disappointed.
thank you for your time, David