Akira Kurosawa Essays

  • Akira Kurosawa 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

  • 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 they believed

  • 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 is

  • 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

  • Rashomon

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    While the movie carries the same name, its plot and characters are derived from another story by the same author, titled In a Grove . The powerful scene settings in Rashomon, were enough to provoke Akira Kurosawa into the creation of a film, and the curiosity of those settings are what led me to read and interpret the story myself. After examination of the story, I perceived strong themes of naturalism which suggests that human nature and normality is

  • Rashomon: Film Analysis

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    become suspect. This has inspired several plots in other movies, as well as causing the courts of law to make use of the term “the Rashomon effect” to describe the tendency of testimonies clashing with each other and creating a perplexing mystery. Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon tackles with the issue of subjective

  • Akira Kurosawa's Throne Of Blood

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    Of all the filmmakers whose work I need to familiarize myself with, and there are far too many, Akira Kurosawa is perhaps the one who I most want to become acquainted with. I don’t know what it is about Kurosawa, but it seems like his films would interested me. With so many purported classics amongst his filmography, “Throne of Blood” seemed like as good a place as any to start. Although I liked the film, I hope certain elements of it aren’t representative of Kurosawa’s work. Set in feudal Japan

  • The Jidaigeki Samurai Film Genre

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    various scenes. The differences and commonalities between the samurai films with traditional values and the films that challenge those values will be analyzed clearly in the film trilogy: Samurai I, II and, III by Hiroshi Inagaki and Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa. The contrasts and commonalities of the two films are in the protagonists’ appearance, personality, sword skill, their relationship with others, cinematography, politics, and themes. Samurai trilogy follows the life span of Takezo or

  • Rashomon Essay

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    Rashomon is a Japanese film that that was produced in 1950 by the director, Akira Kurosawa, which is considered one of the most important filmmaker in the history of cinema. Since early age, Akira Kurosawa had interest in samurai stories because his father was and shared his samurai experiences with Akira. In addition, writers such as Kanze Nobumitsu have said that Rashomon is an interpretation of the everyday life of the accident Japanese society. The old temple represents the ancient Raseimon gate

  • Rashomon Essay

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    Art is not art without meaning; this rule applies to all forms of art, including film. Rashomon, the Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1950, has a meaning that fits in with most other art of the time. The purpose is one which falls into a broader movement of art: modernism. Modernist literature makes use of unorthodox plot points and grim themes to create a distinct class of art unlike all preceding works. Rashomon’s unconventional structure and style and outlook on the world and humanity

  • 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

  • Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai

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    this era is Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" one of the most influential movies of all time, and the basis for a plethora productions, with John Sturges’ “The Magnificent Seven” being a direct adaptation. This influence became widely known, even at the time, as the film was nominated for two Oscars (Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White and Best Costume Design, Black-and-White), while Kurosawa won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

  • Rashomon Comparison

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    In Akira Kurosawa’s film “Sanshiro Sugata” (1943) it follows a young man who wants to learn the ways of Judo, but instead he goes on to learn more about himself. Even though this film had scenes that were taken away from it, because of the censorship the government placed on cinema during that wartime in japan. It shows what ability Kurosawa had in telling a story in way that would make audience think. There are five major fight sequences in this that repentant the traces of the moral growth of the

  • Yojimbo : Ideology and Interpretation

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    Yojimbo: Ideology and Interpretation Yojimbo was directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1961. It is the story of a nineteenth century Japanese village that is controlled by two opposing merchants and their clans. The visit of a wandering samurai, who seeks work as a hired killer, interrupts their arguing over a gambling concession. The samurai, Sanjuro, is able to exploit both gangs using his skill with a sword. The story is an Eastern take on the Hollywood western with a dash of satire, with “The

  • Japanese Samurai Film Genre

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    The Seven Samurai directed by Akira Kurosawa uses many film techniques and features of the Japanese samurai film genre to engage and influence the viewing audience. The Japanese samurai film genre focuses on the physical martial arts, and is very similar to American westerns. These films are usually set in the Tokugawa era and the main characters are samurai, or Ronin. The Seven Samurai is a stereotypical Japanese samurai movie set in the Tokugawa era about a village full of farmers who hire seven

  • Seven Samurai Themes

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    Seven Samurai, directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa is a grand tale and a pioneer film for its genre. The story takes place in 16th century Japan and focuses on a rag tag group of master less samurai known as 'Ronin' who ultimately come together to come to the aid of a poor farming village under the attack of plundering bandits.  The film follows the farmers needing to find samurai who are willing to work for three meals of rice a day.  They come across an elder samurai who accepts their offer

  • Compare And Contrast Seven Samurai And The Magnificent Seven

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    Akira Kurosawa, legendary Japanese filmmaker who directed films like The Hidden Fortress which was a major inspiration for Star Wars, Yojimbo, Rashomon and many more, but his most well known film, The Seven Samurai is his best movie, it is rank 19 of Top Rated Movies in IMDB, so of course after the release of the film in America, Hollywood remade the film and titled it The Magnificent Seven. Because it is a remake The Magnificent Seven and The Seven Samurai both have many similarities in terms of

  • Compare And Contrast As I Lay Dying And Rashomon

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    story to fall victim of distortion or it can simply cause the true story to become more clear. This dilemma had been portrayed by numerous individuals including, William Faulkner in his novel, “As I Lay Dying” or the film “Rashomon”, directed by Akira Kurosawa. “As I Lay Dying” and “Rashomon” both contain multiple perspectives, telling their accounts of the same story, however in “Rashomon” the truth only becomes more concealed as the movie goes on, while in “As I Lay Dying”, the truth

  • Ikiru Follows Film Analysis

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    Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 film Ikiru Follows the story of an elderly government worker, Mr. Watanabe, who discovers he has a terminal stomach cancer and must figure out what to do with the time he has left to live. While trying to decide on how to live out the rest of his day, Mr. Watanabe discovers he really hasn’t been living his life the way he would have liked all these years, yet he struggles to determine exactly how he would like to live it. In this film Kurosawa seem’s to be taking Heidegger’s

  • Powerful Animal Imagery in King Lear

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    In King Lear. Shakespeare uses imagery of great imaginative depth and resonance to convey his major themes and to heighten the readers experience of the play. There are some predominant image patterns. In my opinion, it is the imagery of animals and savage monsters that leave the most lasting impression. The imagination is filled with pictures of wild and menacing creatures, ravenous in their appetites, cruel in their instincts. The underlying emphasis in such imagery is on the vileness of which