Akira Kurosawa

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  • Akira Kurosawa and Robert Zemeckis

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    Akira Kurosawa and Robert Zemeckis “As the term suggests, an auteur is an author, someone whose aesthetic sensibilities and impact are most important in the creation of a text. With literary texts, discerning authorship is usually no problem. But with collaborative art forms, such as film, deciding on authorship is much more complicated. Generally speaking, film theorists have concluded that it is the director of a film who is the auteur, the most important creative figure. But auteur theory

  • Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa

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    "Rashomon" by Akira Kurosawa numerous characters display dissimilar testimony about a particular event and they all claim to have the story straight. To begin, a wood cutter who remains nameless is in the forest when he comes across a lady's hat, a gentlemen's hat, a piece of rope, an amulet case with red lining and finally a dead body in the thicket. Upon seeing all this he runs immediately to the police to report what he has found. The police do some investigating and find the man who

  • An Analysis Of 'Sanso The Bailiff'

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    Asian cinema, the elaborateness in cinematography is probably the least hailed. The fact is, though, that films from a number of Asian countries have been also excelling in that aspect, with the heritage of classic Japanese filmmakers, such as Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujiro Ozu, who were true pioneers in the field, affecting contemporary creators in the most fruitful fashion. Furthermore, filmmakers such as Wong Kar Wai and Hou Hsiao Hsen brought many original ideas to the field, creating

  • Shakespeare's Macbeth and Kurosawa's Throne of Blood

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    Throne of Blood, the 1957 filmed translation of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, was made in Japan, written in Japanese by Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosowa and Hideo Oguni and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It has many times been called an adaptation of Macbeth, however it is not. As storytellers have done since time began, Kurosawa took a story and made it his own: translating a play text into another medium; a separate setting; a differing culture in a completely different style and

  • Kurosawa's Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth

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    brought to America by companies such as Disney. Over the years this nation has seen the mutilation of beautiful tragedies such as Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid," for example. There are exceptions to this, however, as is shown by Akira Kurosawa's Japanese adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Due to his awe-inspiring directorial skills, he was able to morph the tale of the 16th century Scottish warlords into the form of the samurai warriors of feudal Japan. He stripped

  • Distinctive Storytelling Aspects of Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Rashomon’ (1950) and the Legacy of the ‘Rashomon Effect’

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    Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic takes us through the story of a brutal rape of a woman and the murder of her samurai husband through differing versions of the events by four different witnesses. Kurosawa stages this through a trial-like setting in which the witnesses address you, the viewer, and give their interpretation of the events. This unique storytelling method has since coined the term ‘The Rashomon effect’. By definition, this is contradictory interpretations of the same event by different

  • Social Responsibility in Akira Kurosawa’s Movie, Seven Samurai

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    Social Responsibility in Akira Kurosawa’s Movie, Seven Samurai It is truly a corrupt time when keepers of the peace must create unrest in order to survive. In sixteenth century Sengoku jidai Japan, it is survival of the fittest; a major part of this survival is what class one has been born into. Organized politics have been said to be a luxury of developed civilizations. Given that a poor farming village in sixteenth century Japan is hardly developed, the harsh rules of nature are ascribed to

  • Tragedy in Lady Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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    Scotland. After the deed is done, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth realize they have blood on their hands. But the sinful act seems to destroy Lady Macbeth’s mental state the most, and so she becomes a prime example of what guilt can do to a human being. Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood is set in feudal Japan, while Billy Morrissette’s Scotland, PA set is in a 1975 diner. Throne of Blood and Scotland, Pa are two films that changed the characters and setting of Shakespeare’s original Macbeth. Both directors

  • Analysis Of Seven Samurai

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    Since its initial 1954 release Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai has always been considered one of the greatest motion pictures of all time. In this Japanese action epic Kurosawa set the standard for modern action, editing, and storytelling. The setup of the story is as follows: a poor farm village that struggles to survive is plagued by a ruthless group of bandits. Fed up with their oppressors the villagers go to the city to recruit samurai to help them defeat the bandits once and for all. From this

  • Analysis of Rashomon

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    The films of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa have had wide ranging influence over contemporary films, with his ronin films Seven Samurai and Yojimbo influencing countless westerns and mob movies. Arguably, however, Rashomon has been the most instrumental of all Kurosawa’s films because it asks a question that lies near the heart of all cinema: what is reality? Today, any consumer of television or cinema has seen various permutations of the plot of Rashomon numerous times, probably without realizing

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