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Old 07-14-2000, 01:33 PM   #1
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Hey all-

I just finished Ran, and I was spellbound. It is one epic film. Does anyone have any other recommendations (I've seen all the Kurosawa movies except Sanjuro).

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Old 07-14-2000, 03:56 PM   #2
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Just a couple of weeks back, I watched "The Seven Samurai" again. I also watched "Shall We Dance?" which was a funny movie. Both good movies.

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Old 07-24-2000, 03:38 PM   #3
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Try "Samurai Fiction" by Hiroyuki Nakano. Itīs a "modern" samurai movie from a guy who normally makes MTV clips. Obviously he loves Mizoguchi and Kurosawa (the name of the first one to die in the movie...). Itīs very funny and has an amazing sound track. I watched it two times with some aikido friends and everybody loved it. On wednesday "Samurai Fiction " is on German television for the first time so all our video tape recorders are ready...

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Old 07-24-2000, 07:48 PM   #4
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Hi. I also love the Kurosawa films (Throne of Blood is my favorite version of Shakespeare, period, and Kagemusha rates on my top 10 favorite movie list easily)--what I would recommend, for fun, are movies from one of these two samurai "cut-em-up" series:
Zato-ichi, the blind swordman
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Lone Wolf with Cub
Not of the quality of Kurosawa, but not without redeeming value. And its fun to find the aikido in the sword moves!

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Old 12-09-2000, 08:02 PM   #5
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On this subject, has anyone seen "Ghost Dog- The Soul of the Samurai"? I heard it had some quotes from the Ha Gakure, but not sure on how good a movie it is.

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Old 12-09-2000, 08:52 PM   #6
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Nick,

I've seen the movie "Ghost Dog" and I found it to have practically nothing to do with Samurai philosophy. The only thing remotely related to Samurai philosophy was the main character's belief in loyalty to his "master". Unless you like movies with a horrible plot and acting, don't waste your money renting it. This is my personal opinion of course and I'm certainly not a professional movie critic. I'd just hate to see a fellow Aikido student suffer through the same agonizing evening that I did.

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Old 12-09-2000, 09:30 PM   #7
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Nick,

I've seen the movie "Ghost Dog" and I found it to have practically nothing to do with Samurai philosophy. The only thing remotely related to Samurai philosophy was the main character's belief in loyalty to his "master". Unless you like movies with a horrible plot and acting, don't waste your money renting it. This is my personal opinion of course and I'm certainly not a professional movie critic. I'd just hate to see a fellow Aikido student suffer through the same agonizing evening that I did.
You are too late. I too have suffered. Didn't you love the parts when he was riding around in the stolen cars looking soooooooo bored. Clearly, it was as boring to make as it was to watch.
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Old 12-09-2000, 09:58 PM   #8
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Does anyone know

The name of this movie:

I dont remember who stars in it. What I do remember is:
An american is hired to go to japan and steal a sword from a master. He's hired by the masters brother. he joins the masters Dojo, steals the sword and gets caught. I've got a clear memory of them sticking him in the ground with only his head sticking out as punishment and leaving him there several days.

but I can't remember the name of the movie.

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Old 12-10-2000, 06:52 AM   #9
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Another good film to check out is Sword of Doom. Well acted, well directed and well filmed. Great story too!

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Old 12-10-2000, 01:09 PM   #10
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I thought the end of "Sword of Doom" was kind of cheesy, where he goes Rambo style on about 150 people... sorry to give away the ending but it's really not much of one...

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Old 12-11-2000, 06:35 AM   #11
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Cheesy? Oh. I beg to differ! I find that the choreography is marvelous, and the transition where he is passing through the lantern lit room that throws shadows across his face is graphically beautiful. The photography in that last ten minutes is evocative to me of some of the beat paintings and prints of samurai combat. As for Rambo, I would say that he definitely learned carnage at the knee of the Japanese samurai films and still has a great deal to learn. The ending is definitely not a western style one, insofar as unlike Stallone, Shwartzenegger, Mel Gibson or other gunplay heroes, there is not a sort of tying up all of the loose ends. But hey, that's one reason why I enjoy a number of Japanese films. I find Sword of Doom has a far more unsettling quality than many American movies.

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Old 12-11-2000, 12:36 PM   #12
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The Samurai Trilogy is pretty good. It is about the life of Musashi. It is nowhere near as good a Kurosawa's films. I have to give my nod to Yojimbo and Roshamon(sp). I have to dissagree about everybody's opinion on Ghost Dog. I loved it. The camara work is great. I guess to each their own.
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