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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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