Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
i do not disagree with Kenneth Turan about his article, "The Hours and Times." but i do find a little bit of sense of humor in the article when he mentions that one of the samurai has a shaved head and by the end of the movie his hair is starting to grow back.
After a very long search, they finally find the samurai’s they needed, and try to teach them how to battle. After teaching the men how to battle they spend a lot of time planning their defense against the bandits. They prepare their village for attack by flooding the crops, and building fences all around the village, leaving one little opening. The opening being for the bandits to come in little by little, and as they enter, they get killed. The samurai’s plan is a success when the bandits finally come into attack. They have defeated the bandits. The samurai believe they aren’t the ones who won but instead the farmers are who won.
At the beginning I thought, holy cow how am I supposed to stay focused on a movie that’s longer than 3 hours? Well I actually did stay pretty focused, and I enjoyed it. As I read the article “The Hours and Times: Kurosawa and the Art of Epic Storytelling” written by Kenneth Turan , I have to agree with the New York Time’s Bosley Crowther when he states, “it is much too long for comfort or for the story it has to tell. We all knew they were farmers, so a lot of those scenes could have been taken out. Other then that I thought the length was just fine. I really like the fact that Kenneth Turan describes Seven Samurai “to unroll naturally and pleasurably like a beautiful rug, luxuriating in its elongation.” He also makes a really good point when he states, “It allows us to observe each of Seven Samurai’s many characters in the round, from every angle, to view them as individuals with their own back stories, philosophies, martial-arts skills, and reasons for being there.” I fell that I got a good understanding of each of the men. Overall I would like to watch this movie again, because I would go in with a whole different attitude, and actually try to understand everything.
this movie is a great film yet extremely long and tedious if you are only a true samurai fan you would be able to stand the three hours and twenty seven minutes of this film. Although I do like this film I find the Magnificent Seven which is a later take off of this film to be less tedious and more to the action. I find it to be more bearable to watch there is no subtitles and its in color one of my favorite films but Still Seven Samurai is a great film none the less.
The movie "Seven Samurai" was very interesting in the beginning. It kept me entertained. I did not like the intermission. I felt like the movie was hard to get back into. I did enjoy it, don't get me wrong, but it was too long. I must agree with Bosley Crowther when he stated in the New York Times "it is much too long for comfort or for the story it has to tell." It is hard to believe that the American edition of the movie was cut by fifty minutes. That is insane! The author of the article "The Hours and Times", Kenneth Turan, states that "Confident of his powers and not in any kind of rush, Kurosawa proceeds like a master chef, allowing his ingredients to simmer and become tastier, tastier and tastier still." I will say this movie is burnt.
This movie to me was not interesting at all. I feel that the length was entirely too long. Some people just don't have that long of an attention span especially if it's in a different language. The article about this movie asks the producer why such a long movie? The way they say the movie was put together answers that question. They say that the movie was prepared carefully and well done. In my opinion I just didn't understand where the "well done" part came in. I may be being critical of the movie but I just couldn't get in to it knowing how long it was gonna take me. If something is longer than i say 2hrs at the most I am just not interested.
“Seven Samurai” begins when a man overhears bandits planning an attack on his village. The man returns to his village and informs all the farmers of what he has just heard. The farmers then turn to the one they trust most, Granddad. Granddad tells the farmers to hire hungry samurai, because if they are hungry, they won’t require much payment. After a somewhat long, tedious (maybe it only seems that way because the movie is long?) search, six samurai (and one oddball) are brought together to save the village from the bandits’ attack.
The samurai spend lots and lots of time planning their defense against the bandits. They all prepare their attack methods and also prepare the village with a moat built around it to keep the bandits out. However, they leave one opening so the bandits can come in little by little and will be killed off slowly.
When the bandits finally do attack, the samurai’s plan works well. Some samurai are lost in the battle, but the bandits are all killed. However, the samurai believe that they are not the ones who won, but rather, the farmers are the ones who won.
“Seven Samurai” was an interesting film. Like usual, I was skeptical because of the length and the fact that I had to read subtitles. This time, however, my skepticism wasn’t dispelled at the start of the movie. I couldn’t, for the life of me, bring myself to concentrate fully. I do think that I was able to grasp all of the key points, though.
Kenneth Turan wrote an article about the length of the film, titled “The Hours and Times: Kurosawa and the Art of Epic Storytelling.” In the article, he writes of how the length of the film is not only beneficial, but necessary for the film. I understand why he feels this way. He makes a great point when he states, “It allows us to observe each of ‘Seven Samurai’s’ many characters in the round, from every angle, to view them as individuals with their own back stories, philosophies, martial-arts skills, and reasons for being there.” I understand the point that he’s making because you do get to understand who each of the characters are. However, I just don’t really have any sort of desire (or attention span) to watch a movie that lasts so long. Like Turan stated, “And the New York Times’s august Bosley Crowther did content that ‘it is much too long for comfort or for the story it has to tell.’” I will admit, it was an enjoyable movie, but I won’t be watching it again any time soon...or ever.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Arriving at the village the seven samurai are not well recieved right away. "They expect us to do something for them, why do they fear us?" Kikuchiyo speaks up to make bonds with the villagers. His colleagues admire this act. Heihachi makes a banner for the samurai group. At the bottom is a symbol that stands for tambo or rice field, this symbolizes the farmers. There are six circles divided into two columns that represent the six samurai, and a triangle beneath them symbolizing Kikuchiyo.
The samurai's defense plan is after the harvest the fields need to be flooded by digging a ditch around the perimeter which leaves three houses outside the perimeter to be evacuated. The samurai make a plan to attack on the bandits first to cut down their numbers. When the bandits finally attack back, they attack on several different days. As the battle wages on, the samurai look to be winning, but as the end of the battle nears, the samurai begin to lose very valuable people. "In the end, we've lost this battle too, The victory belongs to those peasants, not to us."
I agree with Turan's points on the movie's length working in it's favor, because I believe the movie would have been hard to understand if it was shorter. The length allows the point of the movie to be made clearly and that is what kept me interested throughout the whole film.