Might be able to see Boyhood later this week.
To tide me over, here’s my current favorite scene from a Richard Linklater film.
Kurosawa #26- Kagemusha
Kurosawa #27- Ran
Kurosawa #28- Dreams
Kurosawa #29- Rhapsody in August
Kurosawa #30- Madadayo (“Not Yet”)
And so my journey through Kurosawa comes to an end.
A trip through the relatively brief filmography of Jean-Pierre Melville begins next week.
“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid.”
Mifune’s last with Kurosawa. After so many strong films, it’s kind of disappointing to see Kurosawa turn to a sentimental coming-of-age story. The edge and bite of High and Low is nowhere to be found. There’s still tragedy, and for a while it seems like it has potential, but it all gets used to prop up the self-actualization of the protagonist.