Kurosawa And Yojimbo Essay

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Kurosawa and A Fist Full OF Dollars.This essay is about Kurosawa and his work as an auteur. In this essay I will be talking about Kurosawa?s life and work?s. I will be looking at some of his most famous films, but will be concentrating on ?Yojimbo? (1961) and it similarities and dissimilarities to ?A Fist Full of Dollars? (1964).Akira Kurosawa was born March 23 1910 in Omori, Tokyo. His farther was a soldier for the Japanese army and was a firm believer in the ways of the samurai and implemented them on his children. Which is evident in most of Kurosawa?s films. He trained at university as an artist, but in 1936 went into the Japanese film industry as a scriptwriter.He directorial debut was in 1943 with ?Judo Saga,? but as you would expect a lot of his material was censored due to the Second World War. Japan did not want any negative portrayals of men, much of this censored material would never be found.Kurosawa went on unnoticed until 1950 when the release of ?Rashomon? won him the Grand Prix at the Venice film festival. It was the first film from Asia to get recognition from the West. He went on to make ?The Seven Samurai? and ?Throne of Blood?. In all these films he was to showcase an up and coming charismatic actor by the name of Toshiro Mifune. Mifune also stared in ?Hidden Fortress? which George Lucas cites as a major influence for ?Star wars?.Another film that starred Mifune was ?Yojimbo? that was directed by Kurosawa and some say his best work. Yojimbo (The Bodyguard) is about a Ronin (samurai with no master) at the beginning he sees a mother farther and son arguing. The son is complaining about the lack of food and says he is going to join a band of criminals so that he can survive the mother and farther beg him to stay but he has made up his mind and is leaving. At this point the Ronin is just watching and not helping where as you would expect him to help. The Ronin then goes to a town with two feuding families and sees he can make a little money and plays one family off another. In this film none of the families are good and nor is the Ronin, but the only good thing the Ronin does is rescue a couple and their son from the two feuding families. He gets caught and gets beaten up, but he manages to escape recover and get both families killed. Near the end of the film a son from one of the families has a face off with the Ronin and the Ronin wins even though the son has a gun.The Ronin in this film is an anti-hero, meaning he is not you stereotypical good guy. Usually someone who is out for themselves but has a hint of good in them. The Ronin in this film doesn't do what you would expect the hero to do like when he enters the town you would expect him to make the town good but he just makes it worse to make himself some money. The Ronin in ?Yojimbo? is not honourable but honest. Heroes in Hollywood at this time were pillars of purity trusting and a friend to everyone. ?Yojimbo? develops the theme of self-assertion and individual integrity;...

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