In this sequel to Yojimbo, Mifuno again plays the role of an (almost) no-name warrior, looking for trouble in a village run by feudalist clans, siding with the inexprienced villagers, spreading Samurai wisdom along the way. The dialogue takes a more comedic turn compared to Yojimbo, which may be entertaining at times, but eventually dilutes the depth of the drama. I would have liked to see another movie that would round out a trilogy, which apparently never happened. But boy ... was Kurosawa violent for his time. Now I know where Tarantino got his blood-spurting geysers from.