Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Music of Yojimbo

I saw Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo the other night, an entirely badass film down to every last frame, visible tape jobs and all. To back up the power of samurai Mulberry Field (Toshiro Mifune) as he glides through a town split by violence the score, composed by Masaru Sato, pushes him be an even cooler king among men. The music feels like it's sauntering through the town itself, a wicked gleam caught behind its eyes. Mixing Eastern themes with Western, boasting mouth-watering percussion and string sections, showing up on all the right cues... it is comprehensively cool.

Now for some bad news: I can't find it for cheap keeps anywhere. I checked Amazon, and the CD is from 61 dollars up, and there are two vinyl copies for about the same. There's only one track on YouTube, too. So I'll buy the film, damn it. Crafty musicians.

- Eric T. Voigt, Should Be Sleeping

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