A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.
Yojimbo is a 1961 Japanese jidaigeki (period drama) film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It stars Toshiro Mifune as a wandering samurai who arrives in a small town where two rival gangs are fighting for control. The samurai, who goes by the name Sanjuro, decides to play both sides against each other in order to profit from their conflict. However, he soon finds himself in the middle of a violent and chaotic struggle for power.
The film was highly influential and has been remade and referenced in various forms of media over the years, including as a basis for the Western film A Fistful of Dollars (1964), directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood. Yojimbo is considered a classic of Japanese cinema and is often cited as one of Kurosawa’s greatest works.