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« on: March 13, 2004, 01:07:40 AM »

I just re-saw Kurosawa's "Sanjuro" -- great film.

It got me wondering if the final duel in Sanjuro is the "blueprint" for the duels in Leone's westerns. Long quiet build-up followed by a sudden burst of action, and everything is over within a fraction of second.

It has a fantastic dramatic effect.

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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2004, 06:12:43 AM »

even if we forget fistful of dollars is a remake i think kurosawa had an enormous influence on leone, especially in once upon a time in the west. He was in my opinion, in many ways, portraying a japanese style of filmmaking with the protracted focus on facial expressions.

Ive yet to see sanjuro though - ive seen yojimbo, seven samurai, ran and rashomon, and they're all great!

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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2004, 07:03:26 AM »

Sanjuro is an informal prequel to Yojimbo, and is made more like a comedy. Toshiro Mifune's character is meant to be the same in both movies.

The duel at the end is among the greatest duels ever done on film.

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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2004, 08:39:29 AM »

I personally prefer 2 other movies by Kurosawa.

Ran and, my favourite, Kagemusha.

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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2004, 08:42:22 AM »

Those are two very good movies, but if we're talking about personal Kurosawa favourites, mine is Seven Samurai.

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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2004, 05:23:19 AM »

i love seven samurai but for me its rashomon. Those flashback sequences r so influential and brilliant!!

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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2004, 07:51:23 AM »

Rashomon, They Who Step On Tigers Tail, Yojimbo.
 All gems

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