Gian Maria Volonte

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) by Sergio Leone

And here we have a wonderful Spaghetti Western adaptation of the already fantastic Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo.

For those of you unfamiliar with the original Yojimbo story, it revolves around an unnamed ronin entering a town run by two rival gangs.  He then proceeds to attempt to destroy both by getting them to kill each other off.  This story is essentially the same, with Clint Eastwood playing an American gunslinger in old Mexico.

It should be noted that this film is not a remake, but a reimagination.  That being said, although this film is essentially the same as Yojimbo there are many differences both in plot structure and in details.  Still, there are still many of the same elements such as the restaurant owner and casket maker, the infamous brother with a special weapon, and the split up family.

My favorite moment of the film is at the end, when the restaurant owner asks Nameless if he’s leaving because the Mexican army is coming.  Nameless then responds that with the Mexican government on one side and the American government on the other, it would be too dangerous for him to stay.  I just love that, since he just got himself out of an even more intense feud.

I loved this film almost as much as I loved the original Yojimbo, and so I happily give it my Seel of Approval.  In addition, I have also discovered that I never reviewed Yojimbo, which I now need to get around to.

Oh, and I stumbled upon this.  Thought you might like.