By Dante Ong

“Twilight Samurai”: The Twilight of An Old Japan

If the image of a humble hero with hidden skills who fights to protect is your thing, then this movie is perfect for you. Twilight Samurai follows the life of an impoverished samurai, Seibei, when a series of events forces him into a dangerous position of losing all that he cares for. The plot might…

“Ikiru”: Consequences of an Unexamined Life

Long before John Keating, Poets Society inspired us with the famous line “What will your verse be?”, we had a 50-year-old bureaucrat, who had lived a wasted life, faced death in six months, and asked the same question. In Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, our protagonist finds out that he has contracted stomach cancer, and this leads…

Seven Samurai: The Godfather of Action-Adventure Movies

Are you willing to fight 40 bandits, only for rice as compensation, with no other promises of reward, and a high possibility of being killed? Seven Samurai is written and directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. Seven Samurai tells the story of an old-timer samurai who decides to help a village of farmers to fight…

“Harakiri” , the Story of an Honorable Suicide

When someone comes to your house and seeks a place to commit suicide, what would you do? Harakiri (or Seppuku) is a movie about a ragged clothed samurai seeking an honourable suicide and asking to leave him using a well-known clan’s grounds for it. The lord of the house shared with that person the story…

7 Enjoyments of Rashomon

What can a 1950s black and white Japanese film teach us about ourselves? Rashomon is a revolutionary movie not only in the History of Japanese cinema but of the world modern cinema. Cinephiles and critics of cinema and academician still, until now, write and discuss this movie that changed the whole construction of the modern…