Saturday, September 09, 2006


An extraordinary film. I love the way Kurasawa arranges his shots--from behind fans, fish bowls, mosquito netting--to accentuate the texture and the crammed cityscape of post-war Japan. The oppressive heat of summer Tokyo is made palpable, helping intensify the drama. There's a fifteen minute sequence featuring the protagnist wandering urgently through the seedy parts of town, with no dialogue, no over-dubbed narration, and just hords of people and interesting cityscapes. Great fun!

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