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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2016, 01:24:03 am »
Top 5 Kurosawa films:

1) Ran
2) Yojimbo
3) Seven Samurai
4) Rashomon
5) The Hidden Fortress

Red Beard is great too. That needs a Criterion release asap.

Really, Ran as #1? Damn, maybe I should rewatch that one. It's been a while. I don't remember it very well.

Which reminds me, we need to start getting the Plebeianous Fanboy Serfs on this forum watching some Kurosawa films. Any takers? Danny? Anyone?

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2016, 01:50:52 am »
Top 5 Kurosawa films:

1) Ran
2) Yojimbo
3) Seven Samurai
4) Rashomon
5) The Hidden Fortress

Red Beard is great too. That needs a Criterion release asap.

Really, Ran as #1? Damn, maybe I should rewatch that one. It's been a while. I don't remember it very well.

Which reminds me, we need to start getting the Plebeianous Fanboy Serfs on this forum watching some Kurosawa films. Any takers? Danny? Anyone?
Still waiting for that Criterion/TCM streaming service to launch so I don't have to spend $30+ per DVDs. For the record, I don't pirate, either.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2016, 03:34:44 am »
Top 5 Kurosawa films:

1) Ran
2) Yojimbo
3) Seven Samurai
4) Rashomon
5) The Hidden Fortress

Red Beard is great too. That needs a Criterion release asap.

Really, Ran as #1? Damn, maybe I should rewatch that one. It's been a while. I don't remember it very well.

Which reminds me, we need to start getting the Plebeianous Fanboy Serfs on this forum watching some Kurosawa films. Any takers? Danny? Anyone?
Never seen a Kurosawa film, so I should probably get around to that. Any suggestions on where I should start?

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2016, 08:33:44 am »
Seven Samurai is the best, Rashomon is next.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2016, 11:40:49 am »
Top 5 Kurosawa films:

1) Ran
2) Yojimbo
3) Seven Samurai
4) Rashomon
5) The Hidden Fortress

Red Beard is great too. That needs a Criterion release asap.

Really, Ran as #1? Damn, maybe I should rewatch that one. It's been a while. I don't remember it very well.

Which reminds me, we need to start getting the Plebeianous Fanboy Serfs on this forum watching some Kurosawa films. Any takers? Danny? Anyone?
Never seen a Kurosawa film, so I should probably get around to that. Any suggestions on where I should start?

Even though it's not his best film, I might have to say you should start with The Hidden Fortress. I think you of all people would get a kick out of noticing the Star Wars similarities. Still... that might not be the best way to start. I'd say Yojimbo might be his most accessible film.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #25 on: November 26, 2016, 01:14:25 am »
Damn... Stray Dog was good. Like, really good. It's Kurosawa directing a buddy-cop movie. How could you go wrong? Aside from one sequence that went on a bit too long (though it was still a very effective montage), I loved the pacing and the plotting of this film. Things never got overcomplicated, and it stuck to the human drama surrounding the main character while still maintaining its focus on the police procedural stuff. That's a balance that many cop movies manage to screw up. Also, the backdrop of postwar Japan really contributes to creating an atmosphere of nihilism in the movie. Kurosawa's attention to the details of his visuals remains nearly unmatched. And of course, Toshiro Mifune is great. His performance here might be in his top three in all Kurosawa films. It's a very different kind of performance than the ones he gives in the samurai movies, but that uniqueness is one of the film's greatest assets. Speaking as someone who (up until this point) had only seen Kurosawa's period pieces, it's fascinating to watch.

If I were to give this a number score... 9/10, easily. One of the best movies I've seen in a while.
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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #26 on: November 27, 2016, 05:36:26 pm »
Damn... Stray Dog was good. Like, really good. It's Kurosawa directing a buddy-cop movie. How could you go wrong? Aside from one sequence that went on a bit too long (though it was still a very effective montage), I loved the pacing and the plotting of this film. Things never got overcomplicated, and it stuck to the human drama surrounding the main character while still maintaining its focus on the police procedural stuff. That's a balance that many cop movies manage to screw up. Also, the backdrop of postwar Japan really contributes to creating an atmosphere of nihilism in the movie. Kurosawa's attention to the details of his visuals remains nearly unmatched. And of course, Toshiro Mifune is great. His performance here might be in his top three in all Kurosawa films. It's a very different kind of performance than the ones he gives in the samurai movies, but that uniqueness is one of the film's greatest assets. Speaking as someone who (up until this point) had only seen Kurosawa's period pieces, it's fascinating to watch.

If I were to give this a number score... 9/10, easily. One of the best movies I've seen in a while.

Good to know.
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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #27 on: December 23, 2016, 12:47:30 pm »
I forgot to mention that I put Ran and Seven Samurai on hold at my library, so hopefully I can get those watched by the end of break.

On an unrelated note I did the same for Son of Saul and Grave of the Fireflies.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2016, 09:54:58 pm »
Finally saw Seven Samurai. It's easily in my top twenty of all time. Possibly even the top ten.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #29 on: December 31, 2016, 09:58:31 pm »
Finally saw Seven Samurai. It's easily in my top twenty of all time. Possibly even the top ten.

I normally give less than a shit as to what people think - but for some reason, it warms my heart that you saw this. Even more so that you like it.

Really though, glad you saw the film. It's one of my favorites too. I went to the 1/2-star reviews for it on Letterboxd for the sole purpose of finding a new Dommy, and I think I may have located one (he said the movie was "boring").
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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2016, 10:07:33 pm »
Finally saw Seven Samurai. It's easily in my top twenty of all time. Possibly even the top ten.

I normally give less than a shit as to what people think - but for some reason, it warms my heart that you saw this. Even more so that you like it.

Really though, glad you saw the film. It's one of my favorites too. I went to the 1/2-star reviews for it on Letterboxd for the sole purpose of finding a new Dommy, and I think I may have located one (he said the movie was "boring").
That's probably the most inane thing one could point out. That movie felt like it lasted a third of its runtime.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #31 on: December 31, 2016, 10:46:53 pm »


I normally give less than a shit as to what people think - but for some reason, it warms my heart that you saw this. Even more so that you like it.

Really though, glad you saw the film. It's one of my favorites too. I went to the 1/2-star reviews for it on Letterboxd for the sole purpose of finding a new Dommy, and I think I may have located one (he said the movie was "boring").
if you want your Dommy, look no further than this Scrub. The moment I saw his list of rankings for Kubrick, I knew that the guy was something else.Tried to argue with him in a list, but he kept dodging my arguments. What a piece of shit.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2016, 10:58:15 pm »


I normally give less than a shit as to what people think - but for some reason, it warms my heart that you saw this. Even more so that you like it.

Really though, glad you saw the film. It's one of my favorites too. I went to the 1/2-star reviews for it on Letterboxd for the sole purpose of finding a new Dommy, and I think I may have located one (he said the movie was "boring").
if you want your Dommy, look no further than this Scrub. The moment I saw his list of rankings for Kubrick, I knew that the guy was something else.Tried to argue with him in a list, but he kept dodging my arguments. What a piece of shit.

Dude, no joke... that's the guy I was talking about.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #33 on: December 31, 2016, 11:01:19 pm »
Damn... Stray Dog was good. Like, really good. It's Kurosawa directing a buddy-cop movie. How could you go wrong? Aside from one sequence that went on a bit too long (though it was still a very effective montage), I loved the pacing and the plotting of this film. Things never got overcomplicated, and it stuck to the human drama surrounding the main character while still maintaining its focus on the police procedural stuff. That's a balance that many cop movies manage to screw up. Also, the backdrop of postwar Japan really contributes to creating an atmosphere of nihilism in the movie. Kurosawa's attention to the details of his visuals remains nearly unmatched. And of course, Toshiro Mifune is great. His performance here might be in his top three in all Kurosawa films. It's a very different kind of performance than the ones he gives in the samurai movies, but that uniqueness is one of the film's greatest assets. Speaking as someone who (up until this point) had only seen Kurosawa's period pieces, it's fascinating to watch.

If I were to give this a number score... 9/10, easily. One of the best movies I've seen in a while.

Good to know.

Aw... I appreciated this comment :(

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2017, 03:06:27 am »
Ran was a unique watch. I wasn't expecting it to have the levity of Seven , but I'mI'm kind of surprised at the general bleakness of the film. Probably needs some time to gestate before I settle on a score.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2017, 05:32:44 pm »
Ran was a unique watch. I wasn't expecting it to have the levity of Seven Samurai, but I'm kind of surprised at the general bleakness of the film. Probably needs some time to gestate before I settle on a score.

I need to rewatch this one. It was my first Kurosawa film and I haven't seen it in years. You watching any more of these soon? I've been spacing my viewings out in order to savor them (and also because two subtitled movies a week would be a little much for me). I think I've got High & Low coming from Netflix soon.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2017, 12:14:23 am »
Ran was a unique watch. I wasn't expecting it to have the levity of Seven Samurai, but I'm kind of surprised at the general bleakness of the film. Probably needs some time to gestate before I settle on a score.

I need to rewatch this one. It was my first Kurosawa film and I haven't seen it in years. You watching any more of these soon? I've been spacing my viewings out in order to savor them (and also because two subtitled movies a week would be a little much for me). I think I've got High & Low coming from Netflix soon.
It's probably going to be a while before I see my next Kurosawa film, since I have roughly four days left of winter break (which I'll have to spend doing some studying since I have a Chemistry quiz the day we get back, among other tasks).

I hope to catch Rashomon and Yojimbo next (alongside the Hidden Fortress).

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2017, 01:56:18 am »
I hope to catch Rashomon and Yojimbo next (alongside the Hidden Fortress).
I've only seen 3 Kurosawa films and I gave them 9, 8, and 7 out of 10.  Rashomon and Yojimbo were 2 of them.

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Re: Favorite Kurosawa Films
« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2017, 02:00:03 am »
I hope to catch Rashomon and Yojimbo next (alongside the Hidden Fortress).
I've only seen 3 Kurosawa films and I gave them 9, 8, and 7 out of 10.  Rashomon and Yojimbo were 2 of them.

Is this a riddle?

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« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2017, 02:05:33 am »
I hope to catch Rashomon and Yojimbo next (alongside the Hidden Fortress).
I've only seen 3 Kurosawa films and I gave them 9, 8, and 7 out of 10.  Rashomon and Yojimbo were 2 of them.

Is this a riddle?
Sure, I guess.  Probably not a very difficult one.

 

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