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Introduction to Film. Screenplay Adaptation. Rashomon. Directed by Akira Kurosawa 1950 Set in Feudal Japan Best Foreign Film Award. 黒澤 明 Akira Kurosawa. 1910 to 1998 Witnessed Japan rise, fall, and rise again. Kurosawa’s best-known films are set in Japan’s feudal period

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introduction to film

Introduction to Film

Screenplay Adaptation

rashomon
Rashomon
  • Directed by Akira Kurosawa
  • 1950
  • Set in Feudal Japan
  • Best Foreign Film Award
akira kurosawa
黒澤 明 Akira Kurosawa
  • 1910 to 1998
  • Witnessed Japan rise, fall, and rise again.
  • Kurosawa’s best-known films are set in Japan’s feudal period
  • Loved Shakespeare’s work:
    • Ran based on King Lear
    • Throne of Blood based on Macbeth
story
Story
  • How is the story set up?
    • Is it linear or nonlinear?
    • How will this affect theaudience?
    • Is it an allegory?
conflict
Conflict
  • What is the conflict in the story?
    • Rape? Murder? Suicide?
    • What is truth? What is reality?
  • Are the characters lying or do they actually believe what they are saying?
    • “Rashomon Effect”
  • How is the conflict resolved?
    • It isn’t. Why?
the context of rashomon
The Context of Rashomon
  • Why did Kurosawa need to talk about fact, reality, and truth?
  • What happened in Japan from 1940 to 1950?
    • 1937 – 1945 2nd Sino-Japanese War
    • 1941 – 1945 WWII
    • 1945 – Atomic attacks on Japan
    • 1946 – 1948 Tokyo War Crimes Trials
setting predictions
Setting Predictions
  • What locations are needed?
character predictions
Character Predictions
  • Which characters have to be in the movie?
    • Bandit, Samurai, Samurai’s wife
  • Who would Keanu Reeves play?
plot predictions
Plot Predictions
  • Can you just have seven separate scenes?
  • Did the story end on a happy or sad note?
    • “And once and for all I sank down into the darkness of space.”
  • Will the movie have a sad ending?
  • Examples of movies with sad endings:
    • A Clockwork Orange, 12 Monkeys, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Life is Beautiful
japanese culture
Japanese Culture
  • Bandit’s performance is over the top.
  • Facial expressions are exaggerated.
  • Eyes are culturally significant.
  • Invisible authority.
    • Do we hear the policeman speak?
  • Sword fights are stereotyped.
  • In Japanese theater and film, a raped woman is to blame for the crime.
  • Samurai value honor over life.
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