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Old 01-13-04, 10:21 PM
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Did Akira Kurasawa ever shoot on color film?

Anyone know if any Kirawsawa films were shot with color film?

His films dont need it, but I just think it would be interesting to see.
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Yes, quite a few.

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Yes. Ran, Dreams. I'm sure there are several others.
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I haven't seen all of his films. But I'm sure that Ran was in color.
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Every movie after Red Beard.
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and "High and Low"
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Originally posted by troystiffler
I haven't seen all of his films. But I'm sure that Ran was in color.
Ran was definately in colour.

Could you imagine a colourless Dreams? no, I don't think so.
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Dodeskaden
Dersu Uzala
Kagemusha
Ran
Dreams
Rhapsody In August
Madadayo

And Dreams is simply one of the most sumptuous films ever made. Better, no, MUCH better than fruit cup.
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Originally posted by Matt Millheiser
Dodeskaden
Dersu Uzala
Kagemusha
Ran
Dreams
Rhapsody In August
Madadayo

And Dreams is simply one of the most sumptuous films ever made. Better, no, MUCH better than fruit cup.
I'm a great fan of Kurosawa's films (I've seen all that are available on vhs and dvd). All the films listed above are Kurosawa's color films. And Ran is one of Kurosawa's best films, which is up with like 7 (Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, Hidden Fortress, High and Low and others) other of his masterpieces.
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Dr. Who, rush, rush rush and see "Ran" if you haven't. Simply astounding movie -- and gorgeous color, to boot! In my top 3 Kurosawa movies at least (the other two being "Seven Samurai" and "Ikiru").
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If only there were some of database, on the internet, where one could find the answers to questions like these.
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Originally posted by Grouch094820 & 5/17
If only there were some of database, on the internet, where one could find the answers to questions like these.
Yeah it's called the dvdtalk movie forum.

I've only seen Seven Samurai and Yojimbo does ran stack up to these?
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Originally posted by Doctorwho
Yeah it's called the dvdtalk movie forum.
I usually call it The Internet Movie Database (aka IMDB)
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Or, go to www.allmovie.com.

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Ran gets better and better the more I see it, the best use of color I can ever think of in a movie, on top of that.
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About half of his career was shot in color.

Between Rashamon, Hidden Fortress, 7 Samurai, Ikiru, Ran, Yojimbo etc, I don't think there's a filmaker anywhere that I like as consistently as Kurosawa. Mainly, I have no idea why Kagemusha, a film I consider to be in Kurosawa's top five, is so neglected these days. This movie starts with quite possibly the greatest long continuous shot of his career (a soldier running down an endless, body-strewn stone staircase) and ends with another amazing, historically important image (which I won't reveal here). In between is one of the deeper and more involving character developments in movie history scattered with superb set pieces (example: the rifleman demonstrating his incredible accuracy). Even the story behind the making of the film is fascinating, it would make a terrific DVD.

Don't miss this movie, it's a little harder to find than some of the other Kurosawa's but it's definitely worth looking for.
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Originally posted by Hiro11
About half of his career was shot in color.
Well, not really. He started shooting in color in 1970 up until his last film in 1993, but that was really only seven films. He did about two dozen before that in b&w.

Chronologically speaking, I suppose that would be half of his work in terms of time. But in terms of output, it's a smaller percentage.

Still, I share your love of Kagemusha. And I cannot wait for Criterion's upcoming DVD. I'd watch it a billion times before, say, Caveman.
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Originally posted by Hiro11
About half of his career was shot in color.

Between Rashamon, Hidden Fortress, 7 Samurai, Ikiru, Ran, Yojimbo etc, I don't think there's a filmaker anywhere that I like as consistently as Kurosawa. Mainly, I have no idea why Kagemusha, a film I consider to be in Kurosawa's top five, is so neglected these days. This movie starts with quite possibly the greatest long continuous shot of his career (a soldier running down an endless, body-strewn stone staircase) and ends with another amazing, historically important image (which I won't reveal here). In between is one of the deeper and more involving character developments in movie history scattered with superb set pieces (example: the rifleman demonstrating his incredible accuracy). Even the story behind the making of the film is fascinating, it would make a terrific DVD.

Don't miss this movie, it's a little harder to find than some of the other Kurosawa's but it's definitely worth looking for.
Regarding Kagemusha, I think it's neglected right now because it hasn't gotten a proper DVD release, and we are on a DVD board. Not many people are trolling through their VHS. On top of that, it had a decidedly lukewarm reception considering it debuted in a similar time frame of Shogun. But I think it's day and it's due are coming. I still don't think it's a top 5 Kurosawa film, but that's hardly a knock considering the library of briallance he put out. But I've noticed both Redbeard and Throne of Blood gain a lot more praise and recognition with the Criteiron treatment, and I feel Kagemusha will get theirs.
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So if I REALLY liked Throne of Blood and very much enjoyed Rashomon (the only two Kurosawa's i've seen), I shouldn't worry about just ordering Ran MW from CH in my next order rather than wasting a netflix rental on it? In your esteemed opinions that is.....
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Originally posted by brizz
So if I REALLY liked Throne of Blood and very much enjoyed Rashomon (the only two Kurosawa's i've seen), I shouldn't worry about just ordering Ran MW from CH in my next order rather than wasting a netflix rental on it? In your esteemed opinions that is.....
Yes. I admit that there were points that seemed a little tedious. But just stick with it, and you'll find that it's very entertaining.
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Originally posted by brizz
So if I REALLY liked Throne of Blood and very much enjoyed Rashomon (the only two Kurosawa's i've seen), I shouldn't worry about just ordering Ran MW from CH in my next order rather than wasting a netflix rental on it? In your esteemed opinions that is.....
Absolutely! It's a high retail disc, and if you don't like it, it has trade in/eBay value. Damn, that must be one of the higher priced CH titles, and I might just join if I can get that with the club. I've held off upgrading from VHS but knowing that I can get it on the cheap, I just might take the plunge.

And I think if you like Rashomon and Throne of Blood, you'll like this. Generally, they are two less acessible A.K. titles.
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I share your love of Kagemusha. And I cannot wait for Criterion's upcoming DVD.
Agreed...

I'd also like to see "Stray Dog", "Drunken Angel" and "The Bad Sleep Well"... Three additional films that Kurosawa teamed up with Mifune on that definitely deserve a DVD release.

The funny thing is that the public initially rejected his work on color film. "Dodes 'Ka-Den" was a complete failure in the box office which forced him to go abroad in order to finance his next two movies...

Dersu Uzala: Russian Financing

Kagemusha: He would of never gotten the movie made without the backing of Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas

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