Who’s the Hero? Akira Kurosawa on director’s cut
- The movie, Rashomon based on two Japanese novels was/is an epic in the history of world cinema with its narration and screenplay. For those who haven’t seen it, the tamil remake version was made way back in 1954 as “Andha Naal” starring Sivaji Ganesan. There have been a number of movies made after this movie and so remains a principle called Rashomon Effect.
- Akira edited most of his movies but rarely did he take credits for them. His adeptness with editing was best witnessed in the movie, Throne of blood (Most successful adoption of Shakespeare’s Macbeth). Take a look at the climax which was shot in 1957 were there was no CG especially at time 2:00.
- Another instance is a scene in Yojimbo , the samurai shows incredible skill at knife-throwing by impaling a blowing leaf against a wooden floor. This was accomplished by running the shot backwards. In the frame before the knife hits the leaf, you can see a slit in the leaf the same size and at the exact point where the knife penetrates it a frame later.
- For most of the movies he made, Akira created paintings of the scenarios to make his technicians understand the scene better. Akira has meticulously painted more than 2,000 storyboards in his lifetime.
|A painted scene from movie Ran|
He was an ardent fan of Indian Legend Satyajit Ray
Finally, my list of top 12 Akira Kurosawa movies.
1. Rashomon (1954)
2. The Seven Samurai (1954) – remade as The Magnificent Seven
3. Ran (1985) – adoption of Shakespeare’s King Lear
4. Ikiru (1952)
5. Yojimbo (1961) remade as the Clint Eastwood’s Fistful of Dollars
6. Throne of Blood (1957) – Adoption of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
7. Sanjuro or Tsubaki Sanjūrō (Sequel to Yojimbo)
8. High and Low (1963)
9. Kagemusha (1980)
10. Dersu Uzala (1975)
11. Hidden Fortress, The (1958) George Lucas admitted Star Wars was inspired from this.
12. Akahige or Red Beard (1965)
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