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   Yojimbo  

[04/30/2003]   The campus theatre was showing Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa last Saturday night, and I decided to make an appearance for the 9 p.m. show. It's easy to forget how much influence his films have had on mainstream American cinema (proving that videogames haven't been the only cultural export from Japan). Oh, and Toshiro Mifune's no-name samurai would do wonderfully as an RPG hero or villain.

The Japanese version of Speed Racer didn't name its hero "Go Mifune" for nothing...

 
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Amish: Michael Beckett hits Gold! Congratulations to him, and wish him luck on the climb to Red (or Blue) status. RPGamer newsie Gabe Putman also weighs in with his review of Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter.

 
Golden Sun: The Lost Age - Review
  Solid Sequel, Promising Series 8 Reader Review Michael Beckett  
Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire - Review
  Semi-precious Game 5 Reader Review Michael Beckett  
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords - Review
  Shouldn't it be 'A Link to Another World'? 6 Reader Review Michael Beckett  
Dark Cloud 2 - Review
  Simply Stupendous 8 Reader Review Phillipe Richer  
Megaman Battle Network 2 - Review
  Bred from Capcom's usual sequel formula 6 Reader Review Phillipe Richer  
Xenosaga - Review
  Slightly new name, same great game 9 Reader Review Dave Willis  
Breath of Fire V: Dragon Quarter - Review
  Diamond in the Rough 9 Staff Review Gabriel Putnam  
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