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Question for fellow Kurosawa fans

Discussion in 'Movies' started by doug zdanivsky, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. doug zdanivsky

    doug zdanivsky Well-Known Member

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    I was ordering my Blu-ray of Ran, and I got to thinking.. I always tell people how pretty much all the common themes in films today boil down to Kurosawa films..


    Ie. Story told from several different perspectives? Rashomon. Villiage saved by wandering hero(es)? Seven Samurai. Rogue plays 2 sides against each other, gets beat up/banished, has crisis of concience, returns to save day? Yojimbo, etc, etc. From Sci-fi to Westerns, the plots all have those common denominators..


    But I wonder.. Was he really the originator, or was HE himself drawing on themes from film or literature?


    Obviously Ran was an interpretation of W.S's King Lear, but can anyone cite other examples?


    Thanks for any and all replies!
     
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    Yojimbo was based on Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest (novel).
     
  3. doug zdanivsky

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    Googled, thanks!


    Any others?
     
  4. Stefan Andersson

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    Some examples of literary material used by Kurosawa:

    Throne of Blood - Macbeth, Shakespeare

    High and Low - King´s Ransom, Ed McBain

    The Idiot - The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky

    The Lower Depths - The Lower Depths, play by Maxim Gorky

    Rashomon - In the Grove, short story by Ryonosuke Akutagawa

    Dersu Uzala - novel by Vladimir Arsenyev


    Many Kurosawa films are based on Japanese novels or short stories that are not very well known outside Japan. Check the listings on www.imdb.com for each Kurosawa film to get titles/authors for each text. Then search on Amazon or Google.
     
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    doug zdanivsky Well-Known Member

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    *slaps forehead* That's a good idea, Stefan, thanks!
     
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    Kurosawa was also heavily influenced by John Ford.
     
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    I'll look him up, thanks!
     

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