So I’ve been watching a lot of Akira Kurosawa movies lately, for fun and sort of for research. I’ve been kicking myself in the ass for not seeing his movies earlier.
For those of you who don’t know, Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese film maker, he died back in 1998 at 88 years old. I’ve only seen a few of his movies so far, but I have to say that my favorite right now is Sanjuro.
Sanjuro is the sequel to Yojimbo, and is similar but for some reason I liked it better. The movie is about a ronin (master-less samurai, traveling samurai) who comes across some samurai who are plotting to out a corrupt leader.
Sanjuro the ronin, decides to help them. It’s a simple premise but the story takes a few surprising turns and just like every other Kurosawa film I’ve watched they way it is directed is just fun to watch. He always finds a way to fill the entire shot with something interesting to look at, and there never seems to be any filler going on in the story.
But i think the main reason why I like these movies so much is because of the actor Mifune who plays Sanjuro, Yojimbo, and basically any other bad-ass part. The guy is just a joy to watch, I’m pretty sure he was a real Samurai that traveled through time to the 1950’s to help Japanese film makers. Probably with some kind of ancient Delorean.