A one of a kind masterpiece inhabits the Japanese film industry. It continues to spread like a contagious virus, not only in Japan ages ago, but also worldwide to this day and for the future. But we must be careful not to be tempted to disinfect ourselves from the virus for it exhibits an uproar to our tamed souls, unleashing turmoil.
Yojimbo revolves around the main character, Sanjuro, a samurai wandering around towns just to satisfy his insatiable hunger for things that would live up to his own definition of interesting, and he accepted money for his fee. What this reflects is the characteristic of a man who would do something as long as he is paid to do so and even though given this scenario, there is no assurance that he would be accomplishing the task rightfully. It is no secret to anyone of us that we live in a world wherein people can do things against their will if their survival has a high dependency rate on it. Aside from that, we can see that the two rival groups would slowly dare the opponent for a fight but with every slow, undecided step that they take, fear has become very transparent .The uncertainty of what's going to happen next despite putting up a brave act for the rest of the world to is pretty much part of our everyday lives. It gives us a very important lesson that in life, we struggle everyday to conquer every challenge that arrives, but the only sword that we have are ourselves. People may be there for us, to back us up but we are the ones in control of who we are and what we do.
If the 90/10 Principle teaches us that 10% of the events that happen to our lives can't be prevented, while 90% of our lives is determined by our reaction regarding an incident. It would serve as a notification for us that with every occurrence, our reaction could either make or break everything that would follow. Connecting this belief to the film, I could say that there are so many instances in life which couldn’t have happened if we reacted in a different way. Given the fact of the matter that there are two rival parties in the village, if Sanjuro didn’t fool them by offering his service to both sides, the outcome would have been more likely to be less disastrous.
There are two greatest lessons that I got to ponder on based on the film .
One was that as human beings, we have this strong urge to get revenge. With
sanjuro, he can be nearly dead but would still be fighting till his last breath just to get revenge. To quote him, ”I'm not dying yet. I have to kill quite a few men first.” Aside from that, at the last moments of the film, the enemy was attacked by Sanjuro but he was still struggling to live just a few more seconds because of his desire to shoot Sanjuro as if it was his last wish. Second realization was that there is a fear that we might get too close with the people without wanting to. In Sanjuro’s case, he saved the family from being killed but at the same time he had this strong shield of wall that denied every possible sentimental emotion to get within him. I think this serves as a reflection that we also get to a point wherein our emotions are so overpowering and our hearts would scream to do something good, but we refrain from showing our good sides to those people.
Although the world today depicts such relentless crimes and never ending conflict with rivals that saddens the welfare of our nation, in retrospect it was a prevalent topic in several films. Most especially in Kurosawa's film-Yojimbo. But stepping away from the norm, Yojimbo is not your usual samurai film, as it screams humor that makes up its peculiarity. The uncanny way of mixing humor with something stern was proven to be an effective method that paved way to our cognizance reflecting humanity's condition by showing scenarios that would have reflected a characteristic of anyone, may it be good or bad. Aside form that, we learn that the world was not made for the good and the bad to clash, but also for both the bad.
-a paper I made for my art class last term.