The fourth film from Akira Kurosawa is based on a legendary twelfth-century incident in which the lord Yoshitsune and a group of samurai retainers dressed as monks in order to pass through a dangerous enemy checkpoint.
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Back to basics. Proof that in order to create classic art, you must be free of the constraints of a populist agenda. In this concise masterpiece, Kurosawa returns to the optimistic melodramatic voice which made him great. Here, a sense of brotherhood is better pronounced than in 7 SAMURAI. The flower symbolism is present, as are classic and archetypal characters. The story is pushed along by great wiped transitions.
For writing the script in just two days, Kurosawa implemented a structured story which compliments its short length, while creating an environment fully in a studio, yet remaining atmospherically accurate to the overall setting of the picture.
Unica incursiòn de Kurosawa en la comedia, esta cinta esta protagonizada por una especie de version japonesa de Jim Carrey (igual de detestable). Una obra menor (aunque con una ediciòn brillante) que resulta ser, sin embargo, toda una curiosidad en la filmografia de este chingòn entre los chingones.
Well, it's a Kurosawa. Far from its bests, but still a Kurosawa. It's elegant, the music is great, the story is very good (even though a little Wikipedia search helped understand the whole context of the story, that's originally a Kabuki play about how a Buddhist monk betray his principles for the sake of his Prince). The carrier adds some antagonizing comedy that reliefs the whole seriousness. Worth, as usual.
3,5/5 Très surprenant film à la structure dramatique inattendue (la fin !), au mélange des tons tranché (l'étonnant comique jeu du porteur ; quasiment du No...), au tournage en extérieurs de studio (ça s'entend !), aux commentaires chantés... De toute manière, mieux vaut marcher sur la queue du tigre plutôt que sur celle du panda !