Another episode with Donovan Hill, Toshiro Mifune, and Akira Kurosawa, this time for the prequel or sequel or parallelequel or something to last week's Yojimbo.
Yes, this week we're talking about Sanjuro, a film that was initially a completely unrelated historical drama, but the popularity of Yojimbo led to a rewrite and the birth of a franchise. It's fairly obvious that it was originally unrelated, though. Sanjuro is a very different film in feel and theme, spending much more time directly dismantling the historical myths of the greatness of the samurai. But as far as deconstructions go, it's a pretty fun one.