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  • norrishappy norrishappy Feb 10, 2013 1:33 PM Flag

    Sweet William the foreign socialist ;-)

    In the 1950s, as postwar Japanese directors carved out a distinctly Japanese brand of cinema, the great Akira Kurosawa looked to the West - particularly the Wild West - for inspiration.

    Profoundly influenced by the works of John Ford (considered by many film scholars to be the greatest director of the Western), Kurosawa reconfigured a classic Western scenario - that of a town under siege, defended by a loose band of heroes - as a samurai epic. Later, other Western directors, would return the compliment - John Sturges remade The Seven Samurai as The Magnificent Seven, and Sergio Leone's A Fistfull of Dollars was a loose reworking of Kurosawa's Yojimbo.

    However, The Seven Samurai's influence extends far beyond the Western genre - it's considered by many to be one of the first modern action movies, and many of its elements - a motley group assembled to undertake an impossible mission, a leader who doesn't play by the rules - have been endlessly imitated. But there's nothing quite like the original, which turns feudal Japan into one big town without pity, and contains action sequences of bracing, immediate power that remain thrilling even to folks who tend to avoid foreign films.

    Watch a few classic American films. Then you can have an informed opinion rather than daily tantrums! ;-) Gee what John Ford movie would be the model?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now stop and try to use that God given brain rather than hit what has been programmed by other people.

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