Drawing as much from the American Western and film noir as the samurai movie, Akira Kurosawa’s darkly comic Yojimbo deftly stirs the genre melting pot. Toshiro Mifune stars as the intractable Sanjuro, a ronin hired as a bodyguard—or Yojimbo—for two rival clans in a town with no one worth saving. The film’s critical success spawned an immediate sequel, Sanjuro (1962), and numerous homages, from Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964) to Walter Hill’s Last Man Standing (1996). In Japanese with English subtitles. Contains mature content, including sexual violence.