Akira Kurosawa's 1962 spin-off of his 1961 action comedy hit Yojimbo stars Toshiro Mifune as a disreputable samurai who helps nine young samurai wannabes expose a corrupt official. Many of the best laughs here concern a couple of very proper female characters who object to Sanjuro's violence (“Killing people is a bad habit,” notes one of them); otherwise Sanjuro's status as a renegade superhero who's nearly always right goes unchallenged. This is fun but, compared with Kurosawa's other 60s efforts, relatively slight. Like Yojimbo, it was made in black-and-white 'Scope, albeit with a less distinguished cinematographer. In Japanese with subtitles.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writer: Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa and Hideo Oguni
Producer: Ryuzo Kikushima and Tomoyuki Tanaka
Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Takashi Shimura, Yuzo Kayama, Reiko Dan, Masao Shimizu, Yunosuke Ito, Takako Irie, Kamatari Fujiwara and Keiju Kobayashi