Way of the Samurai – 07 – Yojimbo & Harakiri

Way of The Samurai Artwork

Take Two visit the land of the rising sun to sample some of their finest samurai classics, a film genre that I seem to have missed out on.

Keeping in line with our almost subliminal obsession with Black and White film, we follow the ronin Sanjuro in Yojimbo from 1961, by director Akira Kurosawa (who apparently is kind of a big deal) and are exposed to some brutal suspense in 1962’s Harakiri by Masaki Kobayaski.

With Christian as my guide (hey he knows more then me) we discuss how and why these movies were made and how they still have certain links to some very popular tropes found in western action movies to this day.