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So, you're Akira Kurosawa, and you've made a pretty successful movie, Yojimbo. You had a good star, Toshiro Mifune, in a role that he was born to play. Your story was so good that it'd later get swiped wholesale by Sergio Leone. And Disneyland hasn't opened in Japan yet. So what do you do? Well, a sequel, obviously. But what kind of a sequel?

Clearly, since Yojimbo was a dark, serious adventure featuring a lone man manipulating two criminal organizations into mutual self-destruction, Sanjuro, the sequel, needs to be that same character with not just one, or two, or even three wacky sidekicks, but ten, plus a character who misses out on the whole New York Jewish Mother stereotype only by being Japanese. Oh, and it's, the ending aside, a comedy.

All that said, it's still Akira Kurosawa, so it's a pretty damn good movie regardless.

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