Yojimbo – Akira Kurosawa (1961)

When talking about Japanese cinema, the era of its golden age dominates most discourse on the subject. Writers often discuss “the big three”- the three defining directors of the era that put Japan on the cinematic map as well as influence a large amount of creative’s outside of Japan. Yasujirō Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi are both experts in maverick filmmaking but approaching this canon of … Continue reading Yojimbo – Akira Kurosawa (1961)

Film Scores and the Social Construction of Emotions (Kurosawa and Ozu) – Part 1.

As a race of individual people, trying to find out where our characteristics came from can be a difficult task.  More specifically, trying to deduce whether we gained emotional characteristics on our own or whether they were influenced by outside factors (also meaning that these outside factors have in fact been effected by our emotions and not the other way round) is an almost impossible … Continue reading Film Scores and the Social Construction of Emotions (Kurosawa and Ozu) – Part 1.

The Idiot – Akira Kurosawa (1951)

Dostoyevsky’s dark parable on human emotion is uprooted from its Russian Summer setting and manoeuvred to the cold, snowy straits of northern Japan in Akira Kurosawa’s bleak but majestic adaptation of The Idiot. Kameda, a shy and delicate man after living life in an asylum for being convicted of war crimes, travels to Hakaido to start his life afresh. The story revolves around the evolution of … Continue reading The Idiot – Akira Kurosawa (1951)