Hidden Fortress Yari Duel

I just came upon a clip of one of my favorite samurai movie-duels, Toshiro Mifune’s yari (spear) fight from Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress:

http://www.stolaf.edu/depts/asian-studies/projects/kurosawa/films/Hidden.html

While famous as the film that inspired (in part) Star Wars, it isn’t one of Kurosawa’s best. However, this scene is far and away the best one in the movie (at least for those of us partial to the yari).

Some other clips are also on the site: http://www.stolaf.edu/depts/asian-studies/projects/kurosawa/films.html

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