I posted to my personal blog on Tuesday by accident!
Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars were more alike than they first appeared, being that the first wass about a samurai and the second was about a cowboy. Although they took place in two different parts of the world, they both featured a town with open space in the middle of the buildings that held fights. In these fights the weapons may have differed, but the fighting styles were the same. Also, similar props and effects were used to symbolize imminent danger.
First of all, the town setting of both movies were the centralized places of fighting. Both movies involved the hero, Two-Bit or the cowboy, fighting against a group of tough looking guys set to kill him. When it came down to the final battle, the hero epically stood on one side of the open space, while the bad guys lined up opposite of him until a battle commenced. The similarities between the fight scenes of both movies show the style of the genre.
Another thing I noticed about the setting was the wind and smoke. They seemed to make an appearance every time trouble was about to happen. The wind blew around leaves, dust, and specifically in A Fistful of Dollars, the classic Western tumbleweed as if to say trouble was stirred up. For example, wind surrounded the bad guys in Yojimbo when they plotted to kill Two-Bits, and wind definitely added to the dramatization of the final fight scenes. Smoke also played a role in symbolizing the destruction of wealth and safety, as shown in Yojimbo when the silk factory was burned down and Seibei’s house was destroyed.
Overall, both heroes won their battles, while the bad guys ended up dead. A quote from Two-Bit stood out to me as he watched his enemy die: “Let him die as recklessly as he lived.” This statement fits the death of the main antagonist in both movies, since they both suffer from their reckless decisions.