Cinematic Expressions of Rakugo in Akira Kurosawa's Comedies Yojimbo and Sanjuro | Intellect Skip to content
1981
Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1059-440X
  • E-ISSN: 2049-6710

Abstract

Abstract

Toshiro Mifune displays great economy of movement in his performance as Sanjuro in the sword-fighting action sequences of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962). They showcase the actor's agility and display his skills in the kendo tradition of samurai swordsmanship. As Sanjuro executes lethal slashes, he invades no space without need, and comically vanquishes opponents who appear gangly, uncoordinated, and excessive. Meticulously choreographed and assiduously rehearsed, the character's physical efficiency provides symmetry with his nimble intellect.

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