Watch: Yojimbo vs A Fistful of Dollars

Our latest Remake/Remodel video essay analyses the impact of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai epic on Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti western.


Leigh Singer


What are the chances that both a film and its remake shift the parameters of their respective genres – and help redefine action heroes’ star personas for decade to come? That’s the case with Japanese master Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 samurai epic Yojimbo and Sergio Leone’s western reimagining from 1964, A Fistful of Dollars.

Despite being made three years apart by filmmakers operating within specific cultural frameworks, there are some striking similarities between these now iconic works, as Leigh Singer shows in the latest instalment in our Remake/Remodel video essay series.

So, who is the last man standing: Clint Eastwood or Toshirô Mifune? Watch the full video below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more.

Published 24 Aug 2020

Tags: A Fistful of Dollars Akira Kurosawa Clint Eastwood Japanese cinema Remake Remodel Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western Yojimbo

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