What stood out to me the most when watching these two films was the similarities between them. Both films had similar plots and certain settings of the film were very similar, especially the town and buildings. One aspect of both films was that the set was always very well lit. Even when it was night or in a dark room, you could clearly see the characters faces when there was a close-up shot. This lighting helps to accentuate the emotions and expressions of all the characters in the film.
Another aspect of the both films that stood out to me was the wind. Both films had wind, although in Yojimbo, the wind seemed to be a bit stronger. This adds to the suspense and drama in the scene, as the wind was blowing the hardest when a fight was about to occur. The wind also makes the fighter’s movements seem quicker and heightens the tension of the moment. Long shots were used many times to show the fight scenes between the characters and highlight the background of the scene.
All of the characters in the films wore very similar costumes. In Yojimbo, both the men and women wore kimonos and had their hair pulled into a tight bun. In A Fistful of Dollars, all the men wore the standard western “cowboy” attire. Dark collared button down shirts, boots, and hats.
One thing that I was wondering after I watched these two films was whether the Japanese films influenced the Western films, or vice versa. It was interesting to see the similarities between the two, especially in the storyline. For example, in a Fistful of Dollars, Clint Eastwood’s character mysteriously shows up in the town, like Sanjuro did. Also, Sanjuro helps a man and his family escape the town and the same scenario occured in A Fistful of Dollars.