When Kurosawa, aged 84, wanted to make a film on his dreams, people knew it was going to be a masterpiece. The prospect of sitting and being two hours’ worth of a person’s dreams is, on the face of it, not a very pleasing one. One’s dreams properly interest only oneself. Making it worthy is indeed a tough task, which none other than Kurosawa could have accomplished. Dreams, was intended to be Kurosawa’s last film, although he made two more films later. Continue reading
Till 1775, India and China possessed 50% of the world’s total wealth (today they possess about 50% of world population). Anyways, for thousands of years, we never clashed. There was only educational and cultural exchange between us. Then, in the year 1962, it all changed. On the 50th anniversary of the Sino-Indian war, it is important we recall the past mistakes, learn from them and fix them. Continue reading
While Indian political leaders are busy erecting statues deifying them, can a film ever be made which humanizes them? Despite my political differences, the Iron Lady was a treat to watch, I wonder how far is India from producing one of its own. Read my latest article on the NRI.
One of Kurosawa’s greatest punctuational accomplishments lies in the memorable climax of Sanjuro- the splendid final duel between Mifune and Nakadai. They meet outside the city. They face each other, both being fine swordsmen. Swords still in sheaths, they confront each other. There is a 15 seconds of pause, an enormous amount for the climax of the film, which none but Kurosawa could have accomplished! Continue reading
Sanjuro is often considered a sequel to Yojimbo. It was released immediately after Yojimbo. Mifune’s name again is Sanjuro, the characterization and mannerisms are almost similar in both films, at-least on the superficial level. Both films have Nakadai playing the central villain’s role. The scene is redundant in both films, where Mifune looks outside and declares his name after what he sees! Continue reading