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Monday, February 10, 2014

Three Outlaw Samurai (1964) d. Hideo Gosha

Three Outlaw Samurai: 60s Samurai films, edgier/bloodier, 50s Samurai films: statelier, not bloody.

Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
d. Hideo Gosha
Criterion Collection #596

 I'm going to level with y'all.  I kind of half-watched Three Outlaw Samurai, despite Criterion Collection's assertion that Hideo Gosha is "legendary."  Legendary? Is that why  Criterion Collection only has two Gosha movies?

  From my intermittent observation I could tell that Three Outlaw Samurai represents a step up in terms of style- closer to the Samurai moves from Tarantino's Kill Bill and Kill Bill 2, and farther away from the stately pace of Kurosawa.  In fact, several of the action scenes in Three Outlaw Samurai out-and-out resembled the scenes with Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.  Considering Three Outlaw Samurai is beloved because of the sword play, that should come as no surprise.  There is also actual blood from the cutting- which is absent from 50s Samurai films.

 It's just...Samurai movies.  I don't know.  There are SO MANY. SO SO MANY SAMURAI MOVIES.  And no one cares- just look at how the Keanu Reeves starring 47 Ronin did at the box office (TERRIBLY.)  No one cares about Samurai movies except the Criterion Collection itself.  It's like an obsession.

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