Akira Kurosawa's 1961 period drama Yojimbo is one of the most influential films in history, not to mention the most ripped-off. It's most famous unofficial remake is arguably as well known as Yojimbo itself: Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars. I'll forgive the rip-off since Leone made a pretty impressive film but we won't talk too much about that.

Being our resident Kurosawa-obsessive, Donovan Hill returns to us once again and will be with us next week as well for Kurosawa's related follow-up film Sanjuro. Toshiro Mifune stars, and I never get tired of seeing him.