23 March 10

Zatoichi meets Yojimbo!

John Gruber on the birth of Akira Kurosawa (黒沢 明) — master Japanese filmmaker — a century ago:

A giant was born 100 years ago today.

Couldn’t agree more. I have been watching his body of work over the past few months; films I’ve seen several times and others I never had the chance to experience before. What I’ve found is that Kurosawa’s films are more than watchable decades after their release, even in comparison to Hollywood’s greats from the same time periods.

Yojimbo (用心棒) would be my favorite for all its quirky humor and the perfectly composed score by Masaru Satō (佐藤 勝). I have a feeling Barebones Software might agree.


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