"People say [my eyes] are expressive but I’ve never tried to use them that way. They are just the gateway to my internal feelings. Kurosawa used to tell me, ‘Wherever you are, there is light coming from your eyes.’ And that’s a very good thing for an actor, I say."

Tatsuya Nakadai
Born December 13, 1932

On the set of Yojimbo.

The story is so ideally interesting that it’s surprising no one else ever thought of it. The idea about rivalry on both sides, and both sides are equally bad. We all know what this is like. Here we are, weakly caught in the middle, and it is impossible to choose between evils. It was truly an enormous popular hit. Everyone at the company said it was because of the sword-fighting. But that is not so – the reason was the character of the hero and what he does. He is a real hero, he has a real reason for fighting. He doesn’t just stand by and wave his sword around.
- Akira Kurosawa [x]

On the set of Yojimbo.

The story is so ideally interesting that it’s surprising no one else ever thought of it. The idea about rivalry on both sides, and both sides are equally bad. We all know what this is like. Here we are, weakly caught in the middle, and it is impossible to choose between evils. It was truly an enormous popular hit. Everyone at the company said it was because of the sword-fighting. But that is not so – the reason was the character of the hero and what he does. He is a real hero, he has a real reason for fighting. He doesn’t just stand by and wave his sword around.

- Akira Kurosawa [x]

Yojimbo // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Yojimbo // dir. Akira Kurosawa


I’m not dying yet. There’s a bunch of guys I have to kill first.

Yojimbo // dir. Akira Kurosawa

I’m not dying yet. There’s a bunch of guys I have to kill first.

Yojimbo // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Yojimbo // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Yojimbo // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Yojimbo // dir. Akira Kurosawa

I’ll get paid for killing, and this town is full of people who deserve to die.

Yojimbo // dir. Akira Kurosawa

I’ll get paid for killing, and this town is full of people who deserve to die.

Yojimbo // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Yojimbo // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Yojimbo // Akira Kurosawa

Yojimbo // Akira Kurosawa