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One critic's opinion is that Kurosawa was indeed influenced by censorship, both Japanese and American, during World War II, but that was not the only reason that he produced a lot of foreign adaptations: Perhaps the most significant factor in his stylistic development as a director was WWII. At the time that Kurosawa was developing his own distinctive ...


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From the article "Lighting and Meaning in Kurosawa's Rashomon" by Asa Fitch (1998) http://www.carleton.edu/curricular/MEDA/classes/media110/Fitch.removed/Articles/paper.html The effect of pointing the camera right at the sun in this scene and in others is an innovation in cinematography. Until Rashomon was made, pointing the camera directly at the sun was ...


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Kurosawa began his career during the Showa war and during that time he, like all other Japanese filmmakers, was confined to making "policy pictures" that supported the militarist agenda. This necessitated a large amount of censorship. But there was no Shakespeare there and nor were there any films that would later be hailed as "masterpieces" or the likes. ...


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as a child kurosawa read alot. he was a particular fan of russian literature and shakespere. while his early films were not adaptations of shakespere there was defininatly a lot of influence there ie. the manner in which he constructed his characters. in kurosawa there has always been a strong western influence, matter of fact one of his favroite directors ...


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I would not call two adaptions of Shakespeare (Throne of Blood and Ran) many. And he made Ran partly because "Hidetora is me".



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