The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic 20th feature. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a war between two evil clans to his advantage. Remade by both Sergio Leone (as A Fistful of Dollars) and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential films of all time. 35mm print courtesy of Janus Films

Film to be introduced by Dr. Linda Ehrlich, Japanese film scholar and Visiting Faculty at Duke University