In Yojimbo, lone samurai Sanjuro wanders into a Japanese town terrorized by two warring clans and systematically manipulates each side into wiping the other out in a bloody battle. Toshiro Mifune plays Sanjuro, who, when asked, chooses a fake name for himself, thus becoming the prototype for Eastwood's Man with No Name.
Yojimbo was again remade in 1996 as Last Man Standing, directed by Walter Hill and starring Bruce Willis as the lone mystery man caught between two gangs in Prohibition Era Texas. But you can catch the original today at 7 p.m. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org/films. $6 to $7.
Sat., Nov. 20, 7 p.m., 2010