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Kurosawa Fan
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PostPosted: 02.25.2004 5:20 pm    Post subject: Hi to everyone Reply with quote

I'm new on the board and just thought I'd say hi to everyone. The Third M?n recommended me from RT. I generally just post reviews of films I've seen, and try to get other people's perspectives on the film. Hope to get to know all of you soon.
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PostPosted: 02.25.2004 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings, KF. If you could only watch 1 Kurosawa film from here out, which would it be?

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PostPosted: 02.25.2004 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome, KF. What film would you recommend next to a person who has seen Ran, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, The Seven Samarai, Dreams, Throne of Blood, and Rashomon?
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PostPosted: 02.25.2004 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, Kurosawa fan. Nice to see you here. I hope you have a great time, post often and discuss films a lot!
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PostPosted: 02.25.2004 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Welcome, KF. What film would you recommend next to a person who has seen Ran, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, The Seven Samarai, Dreams, Throne of Blood, and Rashomon?


Ikiru. It's my favorite. I believe that would answer your question as well beltmann.
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PostPosted: 02.25.2004 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ikiru. It's my favorite.


Thanks. Ebert just recently added Ikiru to his "Great Movies" list, so my interest has been piqued.
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PostPosted: 02.25.2004 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ikiru might be my favorite as well. For those unfamiliar: Takashi Shimura is an aging bureaucrat who learns he is suffering from stomach cancer. After sulking at length, and lavishly spending money on two new friends (including a young woman who finally decides that he's "creepy"), Watanabe dedicates his last five months to turn a local cesspool into a community park. The last third takes a dramatic narrative shift, beginning with his funeral and allowing his co-workers to drunkenly piece together how he made things happen. Kurosawa says that we should spend every moment trying to make a difference, but also acknowledges how social forces make that intensely difficult--he's like a Transcendentalist dramatist.

To my eyes, Ikiru is Kurosawa?s most intense, poetic, and wise picture?it?s a masterpiece. And I kept thinking of it while watching Drunken Angel, another urban Kurosawa with Shimura, also featuring a cesspool in the middle of the city, and at the center of the story.

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