So, Any Kurosawa Fans Around Here?

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  1. soundwaveCA

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    Just wondering? I’ve been a Kurosawa (Mifune) fan for a long wile now. Happened to stumble across Seven Samurai back in the day, which became my fav movie of all time pretty much instantly. After that I rented a bunch of his stuff, and despite all his stuff save Kagemusha and Ran being all from the 50’s and 60’s there all still on par if not exceeding a lot of flicks we see today in my book.

    Just picked up the Yojimbo/Sanjuro 2 pack this past weekend as well, as they were just re-released by Criterion. Watching Yojimbo again is always a treat as it had been a good wile, Mifune is just bloody brilliant as he always is. Funny though this was the first chance I’ve had a chance to see Sanjuro as it was the only Kurosawa flick at the one rental place I go to that carries all these films they never seemed to have. Wile maybe not as epic as Yojimbo I still think it holds its own.

    Anyone else a fan of Kurosawa’s work? If your not familiar definitely worth checking out.

    My top picks would be:

    - Seven Samurai
    - Yojimbo
    - Ran
    - Ikiru
     
  2. Seth Buzzard

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    I have Seven Samurai. Yojimbo, Sanjuro, The Hidden Fortress and Ran on DVD.
     
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    I've seen Seven Samurai (which I also own) and Ran. I've always wanted to watch the others, but have yet to pony up the money to do so. Some day soon though.
     
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    I've seen Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, and loved them both.
     
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    Havent seen any of them... so there
     
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    I enjoyed The Hidden Fortress and want to see other works of his, I just haven't gotten around to many movies in a long time.

    Wasn't there a couple Westerns that borrowed entire plots from Kurosawa? Something like Fist Full of Dollars...?
     
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    The Seven Samurai was adapted into The Magnificent Seven.

    And yes, I'm fan of Kurasawa's, though I've never gotten around to seeing Hidden Fortress, despite a desire to do so. I'm also a fan of the Magnificent Seven, so take that as you will.
     
  8. Seth Buzzard

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    The Magnificent Seven and Battle Beyond the Stars are both based on Seven Samurai and A Bugs Life and The Three Amigos borrowed a lot of concepts from it.

    Yojimbo was remade as A Fistful of Dollars and Last Man Standing

    And Lucas says he took some inspiration from The Hidden Fortress for the first Star Wars movie.
     
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    LOVE Kurosawa movies. Ikiru is one of the most meaningful movies ever. Kurosawa understands the human condition very well. And can make a great action movie too. It's amazing.
     
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    Ran is a fantastic film, easily his best. And, a clever adaptation of King Lear to boot.
     
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    His samurai films are the best westerns ever made.

    Yes, I realise how little sense that sentence appears to make, but it's true.
     
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    Yojimbo, Sanjuro, and Throne of blood (Undoubtedly the hardest and most expensive)
     
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    Throne of Blood FTW
     
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    Seven Samurai = Great
    I've also got Kumonsu-jô somewhere in my room, haven't watched it yet, but I heard that it was really good.
     
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    My first one was Hidden Fortress.

    I then watched Sanjuro, Yojimbo, and Seven Samurai and just fell in love with the work of Toshiro Mifune.

    I need to watch much MUCH more.

    I did buy the same Yojimbo/Sanjuro re-releases, and I still need to get the Seven Samurai re-release.
     
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    Someday I really need to finish watching Seven Samurai. From what I saw of the movie, it was really good. Maybe I'll impulse buy the dvd if I ever see it in stores.
     
  17. soundwaveCA

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    Dude you gotta buy it then :lol 

    Honestly if I could only own one DVD, Seven Samurai would be it, and the re-release is brilliant!
     
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    Kurosawa rules. I just can't beleave no one has mentioned any thing about Rashomon or High and Low, I mean Rashomon is Kurosawa at his best. That and how funny is Mifune Toshirô as the cowerdly theaf. High and Low is interesting in that it's based off of Ed McBain's King's Ransom and is a good look on the way the Japanese view social class.
     
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    Yojimbo is my favorite Kurosawa flick and probably one of my five favorite movies, I also really liked Seven Samurai (and Hidden Fortress to a lesser degree). I have watched Ran a couple of times, the jester in that movie bothers me to the extent I have a hard time enjoying it.
     
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    I really like Kurosawa. I've seen Ran and Throne of Blood (Japanese Macbeth).
    Was Rashomon one is his too? If so I've also seen that.
     

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