Today is the 5th day of the Kurosawa Blogathon at filmsquish. This is our 6th movie.
A Fistful of Dollars, directed by Sergio Leone, was based on Yojimbo, which we saw last night. A Fistful of Dollars was the film debut of Clint Eastwood, was the first in a string of Spaghetti Westerns and was the first film in the Man With No Name trilogy. We have a cheap low-frills box set of the trilogy. There is a comparison of the 2 movies here.
While we were watching Yojimbo last night I kept thinking the movie didn't need to be remade as a western, because Yojimbo already is a western. Honestly, it looks like a western, sounds like a western and, yes, it even has a horse. A Fistful of Dollars is a remake, that is true, but both films are westerns in spirit. I prefer Yojimbo as it seems to me to have fuller characterizations and a slightly more complex plot.
There is a review here at the Leone tribute site.