Happy Birthday Akira Kurosawa...


 Akira Kurosawa
Today would mark the 100th Birthday of the legendary film maker Akira Kurosawa, the man in my mind is one of the greatest film makers of all time. With films the likes of Yojimbo, The Seven Samurai (later the Magnificent Seven) Tora, Tora Tora (uncredited) and many more. 
 
Some say the man was the forerunner of truly magnificent Martial Arts films and a true story teller for the Western Genre, films like Bugs Life have taken from this man to name a few. 
 
RIP Akira and we celebrate you still today.
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Posted by Morpheus_
Despite the fact that I'm not a great fan, he was a remarkable director, worthy of respect.
 
I still haven't seen Rashomon, from his more widely celebrated films.
 
I don't think he gets credit for Tora Tora Tora, though.
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Posted by .Mistress Redhead.

I am sure he is not that worried ;)

Posted by Morpheus_
LOL. True enough.
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Posted by Wario88

Happy Birthday Akira!

Posted by The Sharp Dressed Lady

Richard Fleischer directed Tora Tora Tora, which was released in 1970 from 20th Century Fox. They couldn't find a single japanese director to commit to the project, surprising no one, so the most of the production went to him. They didn't provide more than subtitled fill footage. 
 
Kurosawa took his ideas from Hollywood, who concurrently released them within japan as japanese originals. Japan didn't have a film industry and still doesn't without rehashing Hollywood and other American themes, which Hollywood then remakes, like remaking the remaker. That's show business. You must be young to not know this. That's alright. Nothing you can do about that.

Posted by .Mistress Redhead.
@The Sharp Dressed Lady: Actually he did work on Tora Tora Tora he simply was not credited for it officially.
 
To say he stole from Hollywood is quite a stretch considering that the Magnificent Seven was a retelling of the Seven Samurai. Rehashing themes goes directly to Hollywood sorry, but America steals from Asia FAR more than the reverse.   
 
Calling me too young is going a bit far by the way. But thank you for commenting. 
Posted by Agent Buttons
Happy Birth Day
Edited by The Sharp Dressed Lady

"Seven Samurai" was stolen from many things, including The Justice Society of America, The All-Winners Squad and Blackhawk, each which predated "Seven Samurai", when comics were intentionally and conveniently illegal in japan, as did "The Most Dangerous Game". And the japanese loved ripping off our big dinosaur and monster movies, too.
 
Everything, from manufacturing to comics to action movies to music. Even their "romanji" scribble was taught to them to communicate to Americans, of all things. ALL rip-offs, girl.
 
Name ONE thing America steals from asia, and I'll give you a free "made-in-china" knock-off iPhone, and a free "made-in-japan" home computer and electric crash-mobile, and free pirated Iron Man, Superman and Forbidden Planet DVDs, AND their free pirated "Astroboy", "Ultraman" and "Mysterians" knock-offs. AND, I'll throw in free pirate t-shirts with matching sweatsuits and wristwatches.
 
AND, I'll throw in a million counterfeit American Dollar Bills, stolen gold and manufactured fantasy debt. Along with terrorism to invasion to occupation to poverty to diseases to government made empty skyscrapers to internet trolling to computer virus / hack attacks on The West to internet fraud and identity theft to Wikipedia entries... the endless list of all the usual suspects. Holey moley, Batman!!
 
Complete with a giant dinosaur movie made-in-japan, from "gojira" on up.
 
Ya, we know all about japan and asia. If you believe certain show-business press of their own making, you'd have thought they'd invented The Universe with their bare totalitarian hands.
 
 And, according to them, they invented Google now, too. Isn't that novel.
 
You seem like such a sweet girl, but truth needs to be told.  
 
Also, Richard Fleischer did. Not the other guy.

Posted by .Mistress Redhead.

anyway..... 
 
happy birthday to him :)

Posted by Figaro
@.Mistress Redhead.: Happy Birthday. 
 
My fav is Seven Samurai
Posted by Kolasi

Amzaing director. Happy birthday
 
@The Sharp Dressed Lady: This is a thread to celebrate the life of a great director. Not to start an argument about who stole what.

Posted by .Mistress Redhead.
@Kolasi: here here! 
Edited by CATMANEXE--defunct

He's good stuff. and in whatever case, here he is doing the job, and credited 
for it, and quite the lot of it, so theres that. If MR says its good ill support it.
Bruce Lee didnt invent martial arts, movies, nor acting either. Its still not like
he didnt do his part either for it though, nor as if he didnt broaden the view of it.
Because he certainly did that and has the credentials to prove it. Like saying
im not the best apple salesman because i didnt invent apples? hardly.
The popularity of his work and the films he worked on speaks for itself.

Posted by .Mistress Redhead.
@The Sharp Dressed Lady: This is becoming harrasment and I would like you to stay out of my blog please.
Posted by .Mistress Redhead.
@CATMANEXE: thank you! but I have no worries about peoples POV on him, I just wanted to celebrate him as I love him.
Posted by MrDirector786

Happy birthday to him

Posted by Constantine

Never actually heard of him, and I'm a film fanatic... though I do stray from asian cinema

Posted by .Mistress Redhead.
@Constantine: omg you have never seen a Kurosawa film? for shame!! lol 
 
tell me you have seen some Sergio Leone!
Posted by DevilmanEX

Wow me and Kurosawa have same Bday?!  Awesomeness!  Maybe I'll watch Ran or Seven Samurai tonight.  Don't know if I can make a drinking game out of either one though....Hmmm...Maybe every time Toshiro Mifune makes a makes one of his non verbal crazy sounds in Seven Samurai I'll drink.  Or I can drink for each bandit killed!  Nonetheless,  Kurosawa-san, Otanjou-bi Omedetou gozaimasu!

Posted by .Mistress Redhead.
@DevilmanEX: lol you could take a drink every time the camera lingers on one of their faces ;)
Posted by geraldthesloth

Never heard of him, but everyone deserves a happy birthday.

Edited by kadeem

Kurosawa was one of the greatest film directors of all time.  Directors such as George Lucas & Spike Lee have said that he has affected the way they think about film making.  His films often function for effective metaphors for both the inner soul of the individual and society.  He is a talent that will always be missed.  Those of you who are Japanese film buffs may like to also check out the work of Masaki Kobayashi.  He is a director from the same period as Kurosawa, and in Japan he is considered to be in the same league of directors.  Two of his films that I would recommend are "Sword Of Doom" & "Samurai Rebellion", both starring Yojimbo's Toshiro Mifune.
@.Mistress Redhead.:
Thanks a lot for posting this thread.  It was a very pleasant surprise.

Posted by DevilmanEX
@.Mistress Redhead.:  As long as I'm drunk and ill prepared for work tomorrow sounds good to me!
 
btw you know they are remaking Seven Samurai with George Clooney set in modern day South East Asia?  Don't know how I feel bout that one.  They are already remaking the Last Dragon with Sam Jackson as Sho'nuff (a roll I was destined to play dammit!) and Chris Brown as Bruce Leeroy.  Seriously Hollywood leave the classics be!
Posted by Constantine
@The Sharp Dressed Lady said:
"Name ONE thing America steals from asia "
Ok :D

  • The forbidden kingdom was a 2008 American movie that was based off Asian films
  • There is also the American horror movie "The Ring" which was copied off the Japanese horror movie "Ring"
  • There is also Godzilla which is originally Japanese
Posted by kadeem
@DevilmanEX said:
" Seriously Hollywood leave the classics be! "
Amen to that my Brotha.
Edited by Constantine
@.Mistress Redhead. said:

" @Constantine: omg you have never seen a Kurosawa film? for shame!! lol  tell me you have seen some Sergio Leone! "

Alas the shame of only being 15 xP
 
though I have seen Ben-Hur (and the stage show) which he helped on
 
and of course the dollars trilogy
Posted by kadeem
@Constantine:
"Fist full of Dollars" is a remake of "Kurosawa's Yojimbo".
Posted by DevilmanEX

Yojimbo is DEF a Kurosawa fav.  Its crazy to think that the best Samurai flicks are damn near 50 years old

Posted by kadeem

There is a recent film called "Samurai Fiction" which is a light hearten comedy that pays tribute to the samurai films of that period.

Posted by DevilmanEX

 @kadeem:  yea I love that movie.  Look out for  HISSHIKEN TORISASHI this summer.  I think it comes out in Japan in June but its gonna be pretty kick ass from how the trailer looks.  Vintage Samurai action....NOW IS TECHNICOLOR! lol 

Posted by kadeem
@DevilmanEX said:
"  @kadeem:  yea I love that movie.  Look out for  HISSHIKEN TORISASHI this summer.  I think it comes out in Japan in June but its gonna be pretty kick ass from how the trailer looks.  Vintage Samurai action....NOW IS TECHNICOLOR! lol  "
I don't think I'm familiar, would you care to enlighten me?
Posted by DevilmanEX
@kadeem:   I was kidding about the technicolor  lol google HISSHIKEN TORISASHI and the trailer should come up.  Its directed by the same guy who did the last Samurai Resurrection.  As a fan I can see you are of the Samurai genre I'm sure you'll get just as psyched for this movie as I am.
Posted by kadeem

Here we go, I found it!
 

   
Yeah, this does seem like something I would watch, even if its not in TECHNICOLOR. LOL

Posted by DevilmanEX
@kadeem:  Yea brother.... it should be serious
 
Now I'm off, as it is my bday too I think its time I go celebrate for me and Kurasawa-san! Seven Samurai Sake bombs FTW! lol
Edited by The Sharp Dressed Lady
@Constantine said:

" @The Sharp Dressed Lady said:

"Name ONE thing America steals from asia "

Ok :D

  • The forbidden kingdom was a 2008 American movie that was based off Asian films
  • There is also the American horror movie "The Ring" which was copied off the Japanese horror movie "Ring"
  • There is also Godzilla which is originally Japanese
"
I'll only reply to this because you asked, and I will try to be polite and I will end it here.
 
This "forbidden kingdom" thing was not American, and we couldn't care less about it. 
"The Ring" crap was an asian reproduction of its own movie to sell to America, that we could care less about. 
The Godzilla remake was also an asian production that was bizarrely set in America, of a rip off of every dinosaur movie that ever came out of America. Stop trying to blame us for your crap. 
 
Need more proof... Check out the pic from up on top of akira k. He's using a MADE-IN-AMERICA Panavision camera to make his classic. HAHA Oh, brilliant creator one... 
 


 
This is it for me on this thread. For Mistress Redhead, Happy Birthday. Enjoy your cake. 
Posted by The Sharp Dressed Lady
@.Mistress Redhead. said:
" @The Sharp Dressed Lady: This is becoming harrasment and I would like you to stay out of my blog please. "
Well, we view asians who do what they do in and out of America and cry harassment in a similar way, so you know how it feels. No offense to you personally was intended, of course. Enjoy your cake. 8D 
Posted by kadeem

Both countries have examples of both brilliant and shotty film making.  It doesn't really make sense to boil it down to one country makes good films while the other doesn't, it's simply a false dichotomy.
@DevilmanEX:
Do you know if "Samurai Resurrection" is available on DVD in  the US yet?

Posted by DevilmanEX
@kadeem:  I might have seen it in blockbuster....Thats a big maybe.  I don't remember if it was the old one or the 2003 one.  You can just buy it here though    
http://www.hkflix.com/xq/asp/filmID.534305/qx/details.htm
Posted by Constantine
@The Sharp Dressed Lady said:
" @Constantine said:

" @The Sharp Dressed Lady said:

"Name ONE thing America steals from asia "
Ok :D

  • The forbidden kingdom was a 2008 American movie that was based off Asian films
  • There is also the American horror movie "The Ring" which was copied off the Japanese horror movie "Ring"
  • There is also Godzilla which is originally Japanese
"
I'll only reply to this because you asked, and I will try to be polite and I will end it here. This "forbidden kingdom" thing was not American, and we couldn't care less about it. "The Ring" crap was an asian reproduction of its own movie to sell to America, that we could care less about. The Godzilla remake was also an asian production that was bizarrely set in America. Stop trying to blame us for your crap.  This is it for me on this thread. For Mistress Redhead, Happy Birthday. Enjoy your cake.  "
lol it seems like you really dislike asia... i'd keep that on the down low
 
  • This "forbidden kingdom" thing is American, produced by Lionsgate and Weinstein, it stars michael angarano and jackie chan (you obviously don't know what it is)
  • The Ring was remade by hollywood
  • And Godzilla was produced by the Toho company in Tokyo
 
and happy b-day to Kurosawa
Posted by kadeem
@DevilmanEX: Big thanks. You go have the best Bday ever brotha.
Posted by Constantine

oh yeah and happy birthday devilman

Posted by DevilmanEX

Much thanks!!!!  Sake bombs for all of you!

Posted by Sparda

Kurosawa was awesome and I bid him a good birthday.

Posted by Vrakmul

Happy birthday!  I wish I could find that awesome happy birthday song I heard two years ago. 

Posted by MKF30

You must be a big fan of him Mistress! :) 
 
Happy B-day Akira, didn't know who he was til today.

Posted by .Mistress Redhead.

Glad you all have either found a way to like what he has done or seen the potential in him. 
 
I am sorry for some peoples comments on here and if they offended anyone, i did try repeatedly to stop her/him

Posted by CATMANEXE--defunct
@.Mistress Redhead.: 
Not your fault, just a fact of life.
You just can't talk Akira Kurosawa 
with some people, you know? lol.
Posted by Constantine

awww the chicks post was deleted

Posted by Constantine
@The Sharp Dressed Lady said:
"Need more proof... Check out the pic from up on top of akira k. He's using a MADE-IN-AMERICA Panavision camera to make his classic. HAHA Oh, brilliant creator one... 
 

 This is it for me on this thread. For Mistress Redhead, Happy Birthday. Enjoy your cake.  "
lol so what, do you know how many things in America are of Asian origin? cars for example
Posted by The Sharp Dressed Lady

Ah, so now you're using our freedom to buy your cars as a weapon against the truth that you can't handle. 
 
Eat your cake. 

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