Kurosawa & Schwarzenegger

What a handsome duo. Look at them. Perfect specimens. This week is dedicated to the two heavy hitters. I had a whole lot of Kurosawa film I wanted to see, but the sad part is that I only had one oscar nominated Schwarzenegger film left, and he is only in it for about 30 seconds.

Rashomon (1950)
Such a disappointment. I get how ambitious it is in the way it was told, but it never got any interesting for me since every version of the story was completely different from each other. It was not about whose interpretation of the encounter was correct, since they all blatantly was lying. And yes, I know that in the end that was the point, that you can’t trust what is being said, but more nuance to the variation of the stories would go a long way, in my opinion. Also, too much manic laughing and crying. It is still a good movie after all that is said, I just had very high hopes for it.
Winner of Honorary Award in 1952. Voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1951.
Nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White in 1953.

Ran (1985)
The beginning got me worried since it is very slowly paced and the total run time is three hours, but the film manages to keep getting more and more intense, escalating at a good pace, so it never gets boring.
Winner of Best Costume Design in 1986.
Nominated for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration.

Dodes’ka-den (1970)
Perhaps it was the lack of expectation that made me enjoy this film quite a bit. His first color film and he doesn’t hold back on the color. Surprisingly dark at times.
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1972.

Kagemusha (1980)
This didn’t quite manage what Ran did, as it kind of swindles down during the last hour. I enjoyed it, but the most interesting stuff happens during the first two hours. There is really no need for this to be three hours, in my opinion.
Nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Foreign Language Film in 1981.

Seven Samurai (1954)
No wonder this is so popular. It’s a very easy movie to consume. Lot’s of characters and a good blend of humor, drama and action. The running time is not an issue since it is dealing with so many characters. It will not become my favorite movie or anything, but I get the appeal.
Nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White and Best Costume Design, Black-and-White in 1957.

Dave (1993)
The american version of Kagemusha it turns out. It’s a cute little fantasy.
Nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen in 1994.

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