568. YOJIMBO (1962-Japan). With TOSHIRO MIFUNE, EJJIRO TON©. Directed by AKIRA KUROSAWA. A Samurai classic, light-years ahead Of the so-called ‘martial arts’ films. The plot is simply a hired sword and the feuding factions in 1860 rural Japan in fact, an ‘EasternÕ western, What sets this apart is the exÂcellent performance Of Mifune and the superb direction Of Kurosawa. The film that brought both actor ‘ and director to fame in the West. Plenty Of fast and bloody action. In Japanese with English subtitles. 111 minutes. Drama