Mineshaft Gap

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Toshiro Mifune was the biggest badass ever. None could match his charisma, power and all around badassery.

Kurosawa's Yojimbo shows Mifune's range brilliantly, not in the emotion of Rashomon or Seven Samurai but in his surprising mastery of deadpan comedy. Kurosawa constantly cuts back to Mifune for the reaction shot, that cut that lets us seen the nameless samurai may actually be the smartest guy in the room.

Channeling John Ford through a kimono, Kurosawa was the best western director to ever live. His composition is flawless, see the shot of Sanjuro on the belltower watching what he has wrought with glee. The characterization is effortless and the action breathtaking. Amazing.

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