An image from the film Yojimbo of Toshiro Mifune stroking his beard, looking away, as a villager tries to speak to him.

Masculinity in Shane and Yojimbo

I've been going through some of my notes from a film genre class I took in graduate school. One week, we watched *Shane* and *Yojimbo* as cross-cultural examples of the western, which historically commingled with the samurai film in Japan.

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