The Imitation Game (2014) and Yojimbo (1961)

The Imitation Game is the movie about Alan Turning and the breaking of the Enigma machine code that Nazi Germany used in World War II. It is a fascinating story as most of the time spent learning about the War this is not covered, sure I’d heard of breaking the code but in most histories that I’ve read tend to emphasize the military stealing Enigma machines from U-boats as well as the code books which indicated what the code setting would be for a certain day. One of the things that I really didn’t like about the film was the disjointed nature of it we had three different stories going on and at times I had some trouble keeping them straight. Alan Turning is a name that we all should remember as he is one of influential individual who have made the world as we know it today. Sure there is a bit of fudging history here and there in the story but it seems that a little creative license is always taken in biopics like this.

I also got around to watching  Yojimbo one of Kurosawa’s many films with Toshiro Mifune. Yojimbo is about a ronin who wanders into a town in the middle of a gang war and he decides to work both sides since he states that the town would be better off with both side dead. If this sounds familiar it was “remade” although not officially by Sergio Leone as A Fistful of Dollars with a young Clint Eastwood. Yojimbo like many Kurosawa film has been considered as an influential classic. There have been elements from this film used in countless way in the films of today. If you like movies go and see Yojimbo, sure it’s one of the lesser known Kurosawa film but it still is as good as the others.


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