Lighter adventure. Instead of post-feudal corruption, there's just a hint of melancholy at the sealed fate of the old adventurers, and a huge orgasmic spray to mark one of the world's last proper deaths.
Ten idealistic samurai unwittingly stride towards their meaningless death, saved only and repeatedly by a nameless, grumpy bum with great wisdom and fantastic sword skills. A well-mannered lady who knows how to enjoy a haystack describes him well.
The structure of this one feels more original, perhaps because it hasn't been imitated as often as the original. Based on a book though. The original title, Tsubaki Sanjuurou, is presented in the story as a fake name. The surname means “camelia” and the given name, which is the English-language release's title, means “thirty years old”.
Western, of the especially mythological yet relatively amoral kind produced by Italians in Spain, at a time when Westerns like that had to be credited to Anglicized pseudonyms. More stylish than Yojimbo.
A cornerstone of Clint Eastwood's claim to fame. In large part because of his choices, this film and its sequels are considered a trilogy.