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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
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the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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  #114 New 05-11-2012 12:17 PM
it's hard being a samurai
The Twilight Samurai by Jonah Sng



This is a video clip of a very cool swordfight. It's from The Twilight Samurai directed by Yoji Yamada.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg5qChXeDdI


Yoji Yamada is famous as the director of the popular Otoko wa tsurai yo - It's hard being a man - series of Tora-san movies. They are rather lightweight. So the samurai trilogy Yamada directed subsequently was a wonderful surprise.

The three movies are The Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade and Love and Honor. I recommend them - they are all really excellent movies.

The swordfight is interesting because the main character Seibei uses a short wooden sword against his opponent's katana. A little like Miyamoto Musashi using a sword carved from an oar in his duel with Sasaki Kojiro.

Hiroyuki Sanada who plays Seibei has a background in martial arts and he is one of the few Japanese actors who looks competent when he is using a sword. He was in The Last Samurai and he is also in 47 Ronin due for release in 2013.

Niall

background articles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasogare_Seibei
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanada_Hiroyuki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoji_Yamada
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otoko_wa_Tsurai_yo
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ff20021023a3.html


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sEdxb3I3dk
movie trailer


photo: The Twilight Samurai by Jonah Sng http://www.flickr.com/photos/godchased/363258873/
Jonah Sng's photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/godchased/with/363258873/


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I have an essay in a charity e-book put together by some writers and photographers to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku on 11 March 2011. It costs $9.99.[/i]


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