Yojimbo (1961): Akira Kurosawa’s Samurai Film, Starring Toshiro Mifune

Masterfully directed by Akira Kurosawa, “Yojimbo” stars his favorite actor Toshiro Mifune as a samurai, who arrives in a village torn by two rival factions wreaking havoc.
He’s first hired by one group, but when he discovers he’s cheated, he moves over to the other camp and at the end manipulates and destructs both sides.
This actioner, with strong comedic tones, inspired Italian maestro Sergio Leone to make his Spaghetti Westerns, some starring Clint Eastwood (“A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More”)
Oscar Nominations: 1
 
Costume Design (b/w): Yohsiro Muraki
Oscar Awards: None
 
Oscar Context
The winner of the Costume Design was Italian Pietro Gherardi for Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.”