Complete Guide to Red Harvest/Yojimbo Adaptations/Remakesby nikolayyeriomin | created - 07 Jul 2016 | updated - 19 May 2017 | Public
There are plots which are adapted often... And then there's this, a basic structure which was re-used in such a big number of movies it could easily qualify as a genre.
Also some people admit similarities with "Il servitore di due padroni" (The Servant of Two Masters), a 1745 play by Carlo Goldoni, the plot is first seen in its entirety in Dashiell Hammett's novel "Red Harvest" (1929). The basic outline - a skilled man with no name arrives in the small city, torn by rivaling gangs and, being employed in both of these gangs manages to destroy them completely.
Akira Kurosawa adapted Hammett's novel (also using some portions of another novel of Hammett's - "The Glass Key") as "Yojimbo", a samurai movie which itself was remade a lot, both legally and illegally.
This list tries to compile titles which used the Red Harvest/Yojimbo premise, even partially. I keep updating the list with new examples, which I still keep finding after nearly five years of research.
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1. Roadhouse Nights (1930)
68 min | Drama
A boozing newsman (Charles Ruggles) woos a singer (Helen Morgan) while spying on her bootlegger boyfriend (Fred Kohler).
Ironically enough, first and only official adaptation of Hammett's novel bears nearly no resemblance to source material.
2. Maniac (1934)
Not Rated | 51 min | Horror
A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself.
There is a rather hilarious spin on that kind of plot in the climax of this movie.
3. Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
Approved | 80 min | Drama, Western
Texan Tom Buchanan is heading back home with enough money to start his own ranch, but when he stops in the crooked town of Agry, he's robbed and framed for murder.
5. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
R | 99 min | Drama, Western
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
Votes: 181,588 | Gross: $14.50M
6. Django (1966)
Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Western
A coffin-dragging gunslinger and a half-breed prostitute become embroiled in a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries.
Votes: 22,686 | Gross: $0.03M
7. The Silent Stranger (1968)
PG | 92 min | Western
An American gunfighter is tasked with delivering a valuable scroll to a feudal lord in Japan, and becomes embroiled in a feud between the lord and his rival cousin over ownership of land owed to a young princess in their care.
8. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Action, Adventure
Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side?
9. Cry of a Prostitute (1974)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama
Thriller Starring Henry Silva and Barbara Bouchet. She Left Prostitution only to find Murder! Shes a former prostitute, now married to a gang boss dealing in black market currency and ... See full summary »
14. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.
Votes: 156,961 | Gross: $12.47M
Second half of the movie bears quite a resemblance to "Yojimbo".
15. The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)
R | 81 min | Adventure, Fantasy
The mighty warrior, Kain, crosses the barren wastelands of the planet Ura, where two arch enemies, Zeg and the evil degenerate Balcaz, fight incessantly for control of the village's only ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,257 | Gross: $2.89M
17. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.
Votes: 119,761 | Gross: $36.20M
This time resemblance is more evident in the first half of the movie.
18. Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Architect/vigilante Paul Kersey takes on the members of a vicious Los Angeles drug cartel to stop the flow of drugs after his girlfriend's daughter dies from an overdose.
Votes: 8,109 | Gross: $6.88M
Garfield and Friends (1988–1995)
The Lasagna Zone/U.S. Acres: Sleepytime Pig/Yojumbo
TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The Lasagna Zone: Jon brings home a new satellite dish with an unusual warning which Garfield doesn't notice and as a result, winds up in the TV. Sleepytime Pig: The Sandman missed the farm... See full summary »
20. Miller's Crossing (1990)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Votes: 119,627 | Gross: $5.08M
Pokémon (1997– )
Showdown! Pokémon Gym!
TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The gang arrive in a place called Dark City to find that two rival gyms have been terrorizing the place with their feud.
24. Mohra (1994)
177 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A journalist comes to the aid of a murderer with a life sentence when she makes an appeal in court and although he is given his freedom, they soon discover that there is a grim reason behind his release.
An unofficial (at times - shot-for-shot) remake of "Death Wish 4: The Crackdown".
26. Peace Hotel (1995)
89 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A retired old west killer sets up a hotel for vagrants and wayward souls called Peace Hotel. When a woman with a gang on her tail attempts to hide there the owner of the hotel must revert to his old ways to protect his hotel.
27. Steel Frontier (1995 Video)
R | 105 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In a post-apocalyptic 2019, a lone gunman named Yuma fights a gang of bandits called the United Regime who have invaded the town of New Hope.
28. Last Man Standing (1996)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.
Votes: 50,725 | Gross: $17.60M
29. Omega Doom (1996)
R | 84 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
After earth is taken over by an army of robots, the small number of humans left are forced into hiding. In the nuclear winter, only droids walk the face of the earth, in fear of the rumored... See full summary »
31. Single Action (1998)
76 min | Action, Drama
The killing of a political leader shatters the peace of a small Mexican town. MANCO, the brother of the murdered presidential candidate knows the killer and sets out to exact his revenge. ... See full summary »
Votes: 66 | Gross: $0.54M
32. Inferno (II) (1999)
R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A man (JCVD) drives out in the desert where some men steal his motorcycle and leave him for dead. He survives and no longer thinks of suicide as he now has a purpose in life: revenge and getting his bike back.
34. Kaze No Yojimbo (2001– )
23 min | Action, Animation, Mystery
In this modern day reimagining of Akira Kurosawa's film Yojimbo, Jyouji ("George") Kodama has arrived in Kimujuku, a town distinctly divided by two rival factions, in order to search for a ... See full summary »
35. Gun Crazy: Episode 1 - A Woman from Nowhere (2002 Video)
65 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A western set in 2002 Okinawa, Japan, where a woman on a mission rides her Harley Davidson into lawless Tsuson. Fortunately, she's quite capable of defending herself, with or without weapons.
37. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.
Votes: 656,141 | Gross: $7.56M
39. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.
Votes: 290,277 | Gross: $22.49M
40. Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
R | 121 min | Action, Western
A nameless gunfighter arrives in a town ripped apart by rival gangs and, though courted by both to join, chooses his own path.
Votes: 14,129 | Gross: $0.05M
41. Stariki-polkovniki (2007 TV Movie)
90 min | Crime
Two leading characters, Andrey Andreevich and Oleg Borisovich are both retired colonels. One of them headed a local KGB department and the other a local police station. But time came to ... See full summary »
43. Live by Night (2016)
R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.
Votes: 48,266 | Gross: $10.38M