Sunday, November 07, 2010

This movie gets better everytime I see it, but seeing on the big screen tonight felt like seeing it for the first time. Toshiro Mifune's character is so hysterical throughout the entire film and his energy seems limitless; the scene where the woodcutter tells his perspective about the duel between the bandit and the samurai is so well done. In the woodcutter's version of the story the bandit and the samurai are terrified of dueling (whereas in the bandit and samurai's versions they were both skilled fencers) and they are tripping, falling down, and rolling around in the grove while dodging sloppy attempts and getting stabbed.

This scene however is one of the quietest parts of the whole movie. The bandit blames all of his motives on "the wind" that woke him up from his sleep, & that is why he ended up killing the samurai. The music in this movie is also so beautiful. I never heard music quite like this in Kurosawa's other films.

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