Akira Kurosawa was a fascinating visual artist and constantly strove to push the limits of what he could achieve in terms of visual impact. In this video essay we will look at three common methods used throughout his films: Violent Motion, Layering, and Weather.
Film clips taken from:
Ran, Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, Yojimbo, High and Low, and Ikiru.
All films directed by Akira Kurosawa
"Summertime" by Willie the Lion Smith
"Seven Samurai" by Fumio Hayasaka
"Red Beard" by Masaru Sato
video essay directed, written, and edited by: Andrew Kyle Bacon
narration by: Ron Preston