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Sanjuro (Widescreen) (The Criterion Collection)
Sanjuro (Widescreen) (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kurosawa's best samurai films, May 21 2004
In my own opinion, I find Sanjuro to be one of my favorite films by the Kurosawa. Unlike Yojimbo, which mainly showed the violent side of humans, Sanjuro shows a much deeper meaning. A woman in the film comments that he should not use too much violence. At first, he ignores her and thinks that she's completely stupid. In the end, he ends up killing a man in order to save his own life. He understands that "Good swords are kept in their sheaths." Another translation of this would be that violence is bad. This is a continuing theme for Kurosawa, especially in his samurai period movies. I highly recommend it.

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams [Subtitled]
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams [Subtitled]
DVD ~ Akira Terao
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5.0 out of 5 stars A look inside Kurosawa, May 5 2004
To the average movieviewer, Dreams would seem like it was created by a completely insane person. Who knows, maybe Kurosawa was going crazy during the end of his career. Even so, he still had something to say from this movie, despite many of the disturbing scenes and confusing moments. This film is an over-exageration regarding the many problems, and positive aspects, of the human race. With contrasting settings and open expression, I believe that no other work by Kurosawa has been this personal. Moreover, it has to be his best film later in his career, right next to Red Beard. Despite other unsuccessful films, (Ex. Do Des Ka Den) Dreams is Kurosawa's last stand at making such an emotional and valuable film. My hat is off to this master who is no longer with us.

Kikujiro (Sous-titres français)
Kikujiro (Sous-titres français)
DVD ~ Takeshi Kitano
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good movie without real excitement, May 3 2004
This is the perfect example that shows how a movie can be exceptional without any action or excitement. For the narrow-minded movie-viewer, Kikujiro is just another boring foreign movie. As for the ones that are open, this film shows how kind some people can be even when things around them are harsh. One of the best things about Kikujiro is the music. At certain times, it can have an upbeat and happy tempo. When it is necessary, the music expresses a sense of being down, but still going on. Takeshi Kitano's character is a bad example for a father figure, but he learns to care for the boy that he guides. Nothing of significance is accomplished. However, that does not matter. Kikujiro is simply about life and the adventures we can have. That is why this film is one of my favorites that I can never get tired of.

Fist of Legend (Widescreen)
Fist of Legend (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Jet Li
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a martial arts flick, May 2 2004
This review is from: Fist of Legend (Widescreen) (DVD)
As everyone says, this movie is one of the best of its genre. Unlike its original counter-part, Fist of fury (AKA The Chinese Connection), Fist of Legend has a more realistic story that does not portray all Japanese as cold-hearted imperialists. One of the best examples is the love between Jet's character and a Japanese woman. All of his other Chinese friends denounce her and say that she cannot be accepted. However, the master of Jet's school falls in love with a prostitute. She is later bought out from the brothel and begins to live at the school. A maid makes a comment that Mitsuko (the Japanese woman) should have been accepted as well. One of the older men of the school makes an excuse by saying that she is Japanese, and therefore, cannot be accepted. I believe that the writer and director wanted to make a political statement, as well as an entertaining film. Just because a country is at war with another, that does not mean that every single person is an enemy. There are some who cannot help the way their country operates. If you look past the fighting, there is more to this film, which makes it exceptional.

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