Gaming News, Game Reviews, Game Trailers, Tech News

dtoid   |   japanator   |   flixist   |   tomopop


 
JACK of No Trades blog header photo
JACK of No Trades
Posts 0Blogs 213Following 20Followers 45


 
 








On Destructoid:
Most Comments

more notable stories

FAQ

Who updates the homepage?
Our Staff
What is Destructoid?
Long story
Can I submit a story?
#BloggersWanted
Dark theme?
Yep
Site rules?
Douche lightly
Ethics much?
Read this
Privacy?
Common sense
Who owns my posts?
You do


Get in touch

Editorial contacts
Meet our staff
Ask a question
Community@
Get support
Support@
Story idea?
Tips@
Everything else
Get in touch

LONG BLOG

Yojimbo....Not the Old Guy....

   0

A Work of Art!

You might know the remake of this film bet­ter than Yojimbo itself. Clint East­wood retold it as A Fist­ful of Dol­lars. I’ve not actu­ally seen A Fist­ful of Dol­lars, but this is the sec­ond time I’ve seen Yojimbo.


What Did You Say?


Interesting...

What kept con­stantly catch­ing my atten­tion was the sub­tle cun­ning and glee that San­juro takes in playing the war­ring gangs against each other. He almost always has a smar­tass grin lurk­ing when open disdain is not present. His phys­i­cal pres­ence suf­fices for the two dimensional sup­port­ing charac­ters he manip­u­lates, but the audi­ence and the innkeeper are privy to the strate­gic mas­tery that is Sanjuro’s true strength.


No chance


A bunch of cowards

The innkeeper shouldn’t be dis­re­garded. He is the only per­son we see in the film that takes an independent role and sees no point in the fight­ing. His dis­dain stands in oppo­site to the undertaker. Sanjuro’s view of the war as an oppor­tu­nity. Their dif­fer­ent opin­ions are based on eco­nom­ics, the innkeeper’s cus­tom has been hurt by the fight, while for the under­taker busi­ness is boom­ing, but they also reflect the per­son­al­i­ties of the char­ac­ters themselves.


Get A Sword Pussy

As San­juro plays one side against the other, the innkeeper slowly comes to under­stand that, though he is mer­ce­nary, San­juro is vir­tu­ous under­neath. An easy dis­tinc­tion between good and evil would not have caught Sanjuro’s atten­tion the way that the bad ver­sus worse sit­u­a­tion that actu­ally exists in the town does. This nov­elty appeals to a true ronin lifestyle, self-serving but not appear­ing so, and well-suited to such a mal­ad­justed, mis­an­thropic per­son­al­ity as San­juro. Even after he gets his ass handed to him and is near death, his spirit is never more alive. This is where it is eas­i­est to see how West­ern in intent is Yojimbo; with its par­tic­u­lar style of deter­mi­na­tion and intent. It is some­what hilar­i­ous but not unex­pected then, that a film made with delib­er­ate West­ern influ­ence would be picked up and redone by a West­ern direc­tor. Although there is prob­a­bly less dif­fer­ence between East and West than mod­ern and traditional.

This film can be easily watched along with the sequel Sanjuro on Netflicks Instant!

Oh, and this...

I Thought I Threw A Stick?!
Login to vote this up!

LOOK WHO CAME:


JACK of No Trades   
JACK of No Trades   1
Stephen Turner   1
Occams   1
Elsa   1
TezElNerdo   1
Kraid   1
Mentok the Mindtaker   1
Antwhan   1
Tony Ponce   1


 
 

  0 COMMENTS

Please login (or) make a quick account (free)
to view and post comments.



 Login with Twitter

 Login with Dtoid

Three day old threads are only visible to verified humans - this helps our small community management team stay on top of spam

Sorry for the extra step!

 

About JACK of No Tradesone of us since 10:39 AM on 08.02.2007



Favorite Games:

Doom
Mario 1, 2 ,3 & world
Bioshock
BoogerMan
TNMT2
All Ren & Stempy games
Clayfighters
Earthworm Jim

Been a gamer since 1990.



MY PSN: JackofNoTrades85
 



Read Huge: Top Stories

Destructoid