The curious case of Kurosawa vs. Leone

Posted on December 18, 2017


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Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (Bodyguard), set in the nineteenth century, opens with a shot of mountains looming in the distance. A man (Toshiro Mifune) enters from the right end of the frame. He takes a few steps till we see him clearly – only from the back, though, his frame slicing vertically through the mountain range. (The mountains span from left to right. The man, clad in a kimono, spans from top to bottom.)

He does something unexpected, something that seems to mock the majesty of the spectacle before him.  He shakes his shoulders and scratches his head. “Shrugging and scratching myself were my own ideas,” Mifune said. “I used these mannerisms to express the unemployed samurai… Sometimes this kind of man felt lonely, and these mannerisms characterize the loneliness.”

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