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  • Kurosawa's Seven Samurai And Yojimbo
    507 words
    From Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film Seven Samurai, to the recent box office sensation, The Last Samurai, the famed Japanese warrior, the samurai, has been the subject of hundreds of films. Classically depicted as carrying two swords and sporting a top knot (chon mage), the samurai has been portrayed not only as a warrior and expert swordsman, but as a man of discipline and principles consistent with the bushido. Samurai films exhibit two basic dramatic styles. The -ge ki (period drama) which are sto...
  • Sanshiro Sugata And Seven Samurai
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    It is not difficult to speak of thematic dualities in Akira Kurosawa's Judo Saga (Sanshiro Sugata, 1943) and Seven Samurai (Scichinin no samurai, 1957), and upon inspection, a thematic presentation evolution is identifiable. This giant of the world cinematic community has inspired much discussion, much praise, yet little unified thematic analysis. This, however, seems strangely fitting, since Kurosawa himself is unwilling, and perhaps unable to define his thematic or stylistic intent any more th...
  • 1954 Movie The Seven Samurai
    645 words
    The 1954 movie The Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa, and its 1960 remake The Magnificent Seven, directed by John Sturges have many similarities; for example, the plot of both movies entails farmers hiring mercenaries to help fend off bandits that annually pillage their farms. The two movies also have differences like the characterization of the bandits in The Magnificent Seven as opposed to The Seven Samurai. One of the main similarities between the Seven Samurai and Magnificent Seven i...
  • Villagers Indifferent About Samurais
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    The film Seven Samurai is about a village of farmers who have repeatedly suffered yearly raids by a group of merciless bandits. These bandits steal from the farmers and kidnap the women. Unable to protect themselves, the farmers decide to hire a samurai to do the job for them. This changes the course of their lives in numerous ways. Initially, not everyone in the village agrees with the idea of hiring a group of samurai to kill the bandits and protect them. They are indifferent about the situati...
  • 1954 Movie The Seven Samurai
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    Nowadays, in the times when the nations of the world try to find their own unique features, and differentiate each other on the global arena, it is oftentimes only the culture that unites the people of different states. Seemingly very different from the first sight, the American and Japanese cultures are very similar and close to each other in their essence. Through the long history of the US Japan relationships there were both: the rises and the falls, wise mutual agreements and great misunders...
  • Akira Kurosawa
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    Akira Kurosawa was born in Tokyo. His father was a former army officer who became an athletic instructor. At 17 Kurosawa enrolled at an art school and then worked as a commercial artist. In 1936 he got a job as an assistant and scriptwriter to director at Photo Chemical Laboratories, which became better known as Toho Studios (the production company also behind Godzilla, among other films). By 1941 he was writing scripts and directing whole sequences. The first film he fully directed was San shir...
  • Seven Samurai The True Warriors
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    I'm really hard pressed to find any similarities between The Tale of Heike, and Seven Samurai aside from the warrior caste of samurai. One thing that might be worth noting is that honor came before the personal self. In Heike the warring factions constantly stop their engagements to test one another's code of honor and skill, usually in the form of a contest; for example shooting an arrow through a fan. In Seven Samurai the true warriors-not the farmers-seemed to be aiding the peasants for no ot...

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