Two Men With No Name. One is Mifune, one is Eastwood. Who was the bigger badass?
A stranger wanders into town. He's a ronin. A samurai with no master. A gunfighter with no allegiances. The town itself is a dangerous place, split between two rival gangs who spend most of their time plotting and killing. The stranger plays both sides against the middle, partly to make a fortune, partly for entertainment, partly to destroy them both. The gangs eventually figure out what's going on, but they never figure out that you do not mess with the stranger. The stranger then badasses them all to death.
That's the plot for Yojimbo (1961). That's also the plot for A Fistful of Dollars (1964). The former had Toshiro Mifune. The latter had Clint Eastwood. They both could be renamed Profiles in Badassery.
But for whatever reason, I feel compelled to figure out who was the bigger badass. Science has not evolved to the point where it can measure badassery precisely, so we'll need the Reckoner to get to the bottom of this.
Tell me, who was the bigger badass? Toshiro Mifune's Ronin, or Clint Eastwood's Gunfighter?