Two very mild references to sex:
A group of men jokingly discuss a whether or not another man should be riding a horse or “mounting” any of his mistresses.
Later, the mistresses are told that the man will not be visiting them later that evening and they look disappointed.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


In 1980, Kurosawa had not made a film for five years. Five years ago, desouzara was generally poorly commented. Because tiger and the film company were very unhappy, no film company was willing to invest money to make a new film for him. Kurosawa is at the lowest point in his life.

At this time, he met Coppola, who will visit in the coming day. For Coppola, Kurosawa is an idol. So he pulled his friend, another Kurosawa fan George Lucas, to meet Kurosawa.

At this time, Coppola had just finished filming Modern Revelation, followed by the godfather, godfather II and the eavesdropping conspiracy. George Lucas finished Star Wars: new hope and Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back is about to be released. This was the moment when the two men were most elated. However, the master they worship has come to an end.

So they decided to help their predecessors raise money to shoot new films. They supervised the production of new films and fox invested in Dongbao.

Then Akira Kurosawa made his first color film, shadow warrior. A great film, even in Akira Kurosawa’s own works, is a very excellent work.

In the shadow warrior, you can see the quality from the seven warriors, one of the greatest works in the whole film history.

Kurosawa always stressed that a good film must first be interesting and easy to understand. The Seven Samurai is like this, and so is the shadow samurai. The film story is wonderful, very attractive and people can’t stop. They can only watch it at one go. And what he used to catch people is not only the ups and downs of the plot, but also the conflict between the character and the environment and the twists and turns of the character’s destiny. In the emergence of character and destiny, “Shadow Warrior” is better than the group play “seven warriors”.

Kurosawa is the master of picture and rhythm. In shadow warrior, the use of lens has been perfect and impeccable.

However, more importantly, Kurosawa’s thoughts expressed in the film. Great films often have different interpretation angles. Different people can read different things in the same film. The seven samurai and the shadow Samurai can be interpreted differently from individual to political.

The shadow warrior was just an ill bred thief and was sentenced to death. Because his appearance is similar to that of Nobuyasu Takeda, Takeda accepted him as a close friend. After Takeda’s accidental death, in order to maintain the huge empire, all the family ministers concealed the news of the Lord’s death and replaced Takeda Xinxuan with a shadow warrior. The huge empire and army are like a machine, which can run as usual without human control.

The shadow warrior was originally just a rogue thief, but after being carefully dressed, his posturing can also frighten the ministers. Only minor grandsons and fierce horses can see through his identity.

Are all the capable people in the Manchu Dynasty inferior to a child and an animal? Although the shadow warrior looks like Takeda and is careful in action, it is not without flaws. But when he sits in that position, he represents the supreme power and controls the life and death of everyone under him. The ministers dared not even look at him, how dare they doubt him. Therefore, power is the best disguise prop.

Although the shadow warrior seems to be in power, it is just a bluff. Not only the innermost courtiers knew the truth of the incident, but also the bodyguards and boys around him knew his details. In fact, the shadow warrior just acts according to the instructions of the bodyguard.

Therefore, the whole huge empire only followed the shadow warrior, while the shadow warrior listened to the bodyguard to arrange his every move. This is a wonderful irony of the power structure of a huge bureaucratic organization. The whole empire relied on such a false appearance to maintain her strength. Once the puppet is exposed, the whole empire will collapse. Hypocrisy, complete hypocrisy.

However, the shadow warrior does not simply laugh at the hypocrisy of power. The film is more about the alienation of power to people. At first, the boys were quite disrespectful to the shadow warrior, but as soon as the shadow warrior put on a look of no anger and self power, all the boys sat upright.

This respectful attitude is not so much out of awe of the shadow warrior as in awe of the entire organizational structure. This awe makes them see the stability of the organization much higher than their own individuals. Therefore, the red armor bodyguard knows that the shadow warrior is fake. While yelling at the shadow warrior, he conveys orders to the army without authorization. However, when there is danger, he immediately stands in front of the shadow warrior, because the existence of the organization is far more important than his own life.

This alienation of power or organization to individual is the most typical in the shadow warrior itself. He was originally a free thief. He behaved casually and was going to get a vote and leave. However, he somehow obeyed the collective organization, voluntarily stayed, kept silent and smiling, pretended, and endured the spiritual torture of becoming others and losing himself.

This self abusive behavior does no good. In fact, in the end, he is likely to be killed. But he persisted in order to maintain the whole illusory empire. And gradually adapted to such a life, like a fish in water. Finally, when his identity was torn down and driven out of the castle, he couldn’t adapt to his original identity.

This person has been completely alienated by the organization, and his personality and purpose of life have been completely erased. Finally, he even rushed to the enemies of the Empire alone. His life has been integrated with the Empire, like a flag in the water, and he has no choice but to follow the wave. However, Kurosawa quietly pointed out that the empire he desperately defended was actually just an illusion that would collapse with a poke.

It seems that this kind of self abandonment for the sake of collectivity has a deep-rooted tradition in East Asia. Today, many people think that it is a correct and glorious way to give up individual interests in exchange for collective interests. Many places can also see non-human behavior under the guidance of such demonized ideology, such as arranging the ball in the game, or the formulation of a military madman who claims to sacrifice half of China to fight a nuclear war.

Akira Kurosawa’s “Shadow Warrior” reminds us that the Empire maintained is only an illusory shadow, while the obliteration of human nature is irreparable damage.

In addition, different from the Seven Samurai, as Akira Kurosawa’s first color film, the color of shadow samurai is very bold and powerful, but there is no trace of deliberate carving. This color is quite different from the classic lens use and plain story narrative method in his works, but the great impact is the same. Later films such as chaos and dream also have similarities in color.

IMDB scored 7.9 (5886 votes), and I gave 9 points.

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