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AKIRA KUROSAWA!!

quibblebarfquibblebarf Registered User regular
edited August 2008 in Social Entropy++
Not this Akira:

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This Akira:

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Kurosawa on IMDb

He made some movies. Some people think they are pretty good. Here are a few of them:

Seven Samurai!!

Seven Japanese Warriors! The Village is at stake! Fight for honor!

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If you haven't seen this movie yet, then you are a socially illiterate goon who is also gay and stinky. Go see it now and rectify this problem. Don't be surprised if your loved ones organize an intervention session if you resist making this important non-gay-stinky change in your life.

This movie is basically the Japanese Citizen Kane.

Ikiru (to live)

A man learns to really live life after a cancer prognosis gives him six months.

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Touching, beautiful, and oddly dark. Also long.


Ran

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King Lear reimagined in Japan. Epic battles, drama, and a fool. I like it a lot. The colors in this one are amazing.


Holy shit, he made a ton of other movies too!

Sanshiro Sugata/Judo Saga (Sugata Sanshiro) (1943)
The Most Beautiful (Ichiban Utsukushiku) (1944)
Sanshiro Sugata Part II/Judo Saga Part II (Zoku Sugata Sanshiro) (1945)
Those Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (1945)
Those Who Make Tomorrow (Asu o tsukuru hitobito) (1946)
No Regrets for Our Youth (Waga seishun nu kuinashi) (1946)
One Wonderful Sunday (Subarashiki nichiyobi) (1947)
Drunken Angel (Yoidore Tenshi) (1948)
The Quiet Duel (Shizukanaru ketto) (1949)
Stray Dog (Nora inu) (1949)
Scandal (Shubun) (1950)
Rashomon (1950)
The Idiot (Hakuchi) (1951)
Ikiru (Living/To Live) (1952)
Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) (1954)
I Live in Fear/To Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) (1955)
Throne of Blood (Kumo no su-jo) (1957)
The Lower Depths (Donzoko) (1957)
The Hidden Fortress (Kakukshi toride no san akunin) (1958)
The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru) (1960)
Yojimbo (1961)
Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjuro) (1962)
High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (1963)
Red Beard (Akahige) (1965)
Dodes’ka-den (Dodesukaden) (1970)
Dersu Uzala (1974)
Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) (1980)
Ran (1985)
Dreams (Yume) (1990)
Rhapsody in August (Hachigatsu no kyoshikyoku) (1991)
Madadayo (1993)



Talk about Kurosawa ITT. Other notable Eastern movie-makers are also acceptable.

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    Calamity JaneCalamity Jane That Wrong Love Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Yojimbo has been a staple of inspiring shit in American cinema for ages.

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    weather man bobweather man bob El Heffer Assholeville USARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Seven Samurai is the fucking shit.seven_samurai01_800.jpg

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    ProjeckProjeck Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    sweet sig bob

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    arod_77arod_77 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2008
    The man is responsible for the plot of Star Wars and most Clint Eastwood westerns.

    What more do you want to know.

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    ProjeckProjeck Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    (size that shit down)

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    weather man bobweather man bob El Heffer Assholeville USARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Gratsi.

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    DefenderDefender Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    :^: Seven Samurai

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    satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    ikiru rules

    on the topic of east asian directors, more people should see still life by jia zhangke

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    Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood My baby's in there someplace She crawled right inRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Rashomon is a fucking bizzare movie.

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    MugginsMuggins Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    SEVEN

    SAMURAI

    IS

    AWESOME

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    quibblebarfquibblebarf Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Koshian wrote: »
    I've only seen seven samurai

    it is pretty fantastic though

    This was me until a couple of months ago when I netflix'd Ran. It was awesome. I've decided to eventually work my way through his entire filmography. It's intimidatingly large, however.

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    JC of DIJC of DI I think we're fucked up. I know I am.Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I make mad films.

    Okay, I don't.
    But if I did they'd have a samurai.

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    weather man bobweather man bob El Heffer Assholeville USARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    JC of DI wrote: »
    I make mad films.

    Okay, I don't.
    But if I did they'd have a samurai.
    Make him a blind Samurai.

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    arod_77arod_77 __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2008
    Seattle thread by way of BNL discussion

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    Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood My baby's in there someplace She crawled right inRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    More people need to watch Yojimbo, it's totally sweet.

    Basically any movie with Mifune.

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    Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    aaaaahhh, black and white AND subtitles?

    fuck that shit

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    DefenderDefender Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    aaaaahhh, black and white AND subtitles?

    fuck that shit

    Retarded or joking? I can't tell.

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    Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Defender wrote: »
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    aaaaahhh, black and white AND subtitles?

    fuck that shit

    Retarded or joking? I can't tell.
    You're obviously the retarded one.

    You watch movies with subtitles and shit.

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    ArtreusArtreus I'm a wizard And that looks fucked upRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    aaaaahhh, black and white AND subtitles?

    fuck that shit

    siezures

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    quibblebarfquibblebarf Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    Defender wrote: »
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    aaaaahhh, black and white AND subtitles?

    fuck that shit

    Retarded or joking? I can't tell.
    You're obviously the retarded one.

    You watch movies with subtitles and shit.

    I knew it. There are socially illiterate, gay, stinky goons on this forum. So who's organizing the intervention?

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    Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    guys

    I have a lot of Kurosawa movies on dvd

    anyways, Seven Samurai is the best.

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I wish I had more money to buy the criterion collection of his movies (for they are most excellent, you see)

    only have seven samurai and rashomon, at the present moment

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    ArtreusArtreus I'm a wizard And that looks fucked upRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    lostwords wrote: »
    I wish I had more money to buy the criterion collection of his movies (for they are most excellent, you see)

    only have seven samurai and rashomon, at the present moment

    That is weird, these are the moveis I have a well. I really want to see Ikiru though.

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    quibblebarfquibblebarf Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    lostwords wrote: »
    I wish I had more money to buy the criterion collection of his movies (for they are most excellent, you see)

    only have seven samurai and rashomon, at the present moment

    What's the difference? (I ask out of genuine curiosity)

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    criterion is basically better transfer quality and buttloads of interesting extras, like interviews and history and stuff. definitely worth the extra 5-10 bucks it usually costs.

    if you see a movie with the criterion collection label, its pretty much guaranteed a good watch

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    like this is what came with the three disc seven samurai one:

    # - All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer
    # - Two audio commentaries: one by film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie; the other by Japanese-film expert Michael Jeck
    # - A 50-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
    # - My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
    # - Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa's masterpiece
    # - Theatrical trailers and teaser
    # - Gallery of rare posters and behind-the scenes and production stills
    # - New and improved English subtitle translation
    # - PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Kenneth Turan, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune

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    Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    what about michael bay?

    he makes some wicked movies

    like bad boys 2

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    Volucrisus AedriusVolucrisus Aedrius Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Kagemusha is one of my favorite movies and yet I have only seen it once.

    The court life, the posturing, all the epicness you could require from a political piece on Japan's feudal warfare, shot in stunning colour. Its one of his last films, and unfortunately does not feature Toshiro Mifune, but Goddamn it is a great movie.

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    GoldenSeducerGoldenSeducer AAAAAUGH!! Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Why the FUCK is Dreams not on that list? The man had such awesome dreams! He made his childhood dreams into friggin' mini-movies! The whole compilation is so touching and moving.

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    quibblebarfquibblebarf Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    t lost - That sounds awesome; I'll have to pick it up when I have some extra cash.
    t goldenseducer - Dreams is on the list; third from the bottom. I only have synopses of ones I've actually seen.

    If any of you want to write up something from your favorites, I'll paste them into the OP.

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    ArtreusArtreus I'm a wizard And that looks fucked upRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    See guys, this shit is why I am a major in East Asian language and culture.

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    TankHammerTankHammer Atlanta Ghostbuster Atlanta, GARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I couldn't make it through all of Seven Samurai. It was kind of sprung on me out of the blue and I didn't have time to finish all of it.

    I did watch Rashomon and it was brilliant... if I remember correctly ;).

    I need to see more Kurosawa.

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    GoldenSeducerGoldenSeducer AAAAAUGH!! Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    t lost - That sounds awesome; I'll have to pick it up when I have some extra cash.
    t goldenseducer - Dreams is on the list; third from the bottom. I only have synopses of ones I've actually seen.

    If any of you want to write up something from your favorites, I'll paste them into the OP.

    I withdraw my question. Sorry for being loud.

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    KreutzKreutz Blackwater Park, IARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Seven Samurai is the movie that got me into samurai cinema.

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    BusterKBusterK Negativity is Boring Cynicism is Cowardice Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Finally a thread for me!
    I was depressed yesterday so I put in the Seven Samurai that Sarukun gave me (Thank you again)
    It is flat out my favorite movie of all time
    Also I'm reading Something Like an Autobiography by Kurosawa
    So I'm in full mode right now

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    satansfingerssatansfingers Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    lostwords wrote: »
    criterion is basically better transfer quality and buttloads of interesting extras, like interviews and history and stuff. definitely worth the extra 5-10 bucks it usually costs.

    if you see a movie with the criterion collection label, its pretty much guaranteed a good watch

    especially armageddon

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    Penguin IncarnatePenguin Incarnate King of Kafiristan Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    The Seven Samurai isn't the greatest Japanese movie ever made. Everyone wants to say that it is like it'll give them some kind of cinephile cred. The reality is that it's the best movie of any kind ever made.

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    MechMantisMechMantis Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    The Seven Samurai isn't the greatest Japanese movie ever made. Everyone wants to say that it is like it'll give them some kind of cinephile cred. The reality is that it's the best movie of any kind ever made.


    Dunno. Shogun Assassin ranks up there on the cheesiest move ever list.

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    BusterKBusterK Negativity is Boring Cynicism is Cowardice Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    The Seven Samurai isn't the greatest Japanese movie ever made. Everyone wants to say that it is like it'll give them some kind of cinephile cred. The reality is that it's the best movie of any kind ever made.

    Oh, Penguin
    I was this close to going off
    You shouldn't do that to me

    Anyway
    Yes, it is long but it is packed with information if you pay attention
    Nearly every scene has at least one joke, plot development for the overall story, plot development for at least four of the many subplots and character development for almost everyone in the scene

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I approve of this thread

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