Seven Samurai Film Analysis

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Not only Samurai is popular in Japan, it also brings attention from the Western country towards its tradition. Since Seven Samurai (Shicinin no Samurai, 1954), directed by Akira Kurosawa known as the most reputed samurai film directors, became well known to the world, films associated with samurai then continue to appear throughout the visual world until the mid 1970s when it started to fade away. Thereafter, in the 21st century, samurai films slowly reappear in cinemas whereas the character role is different from the previous tradition. It has then interest me to look into samurai film in a present day and to discover differences between samurai films mid 20th century and samurai films nowadays. I came across various film directors who present samurai in their film content and among them Yoji Yamada is a Japanese film director who is internationally well known for his samurai film.

Yoji Yamada, one of the oldest film directors nowadays, though he is 84 years old now he is still determined to produce one film every year. Yamada completed his first samurai film when he was 70 years old. He is globally well
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The loyalty is the priority that a samurai must have not only for the clan but especially loyalty for their lord. There is a film that honors the loyalty of samurai which is one of the most remarkable and based on the true event (47 Ronin Incident or the Ako Incident) is Chushingura or The 47 Ronin. The incident happened in 1700. After Lord Asano Maganori, Lord Kira Yoshinaka at the Edo castle provoked the daimyo of Ako. Asano drew the sword and attacked Lord Kira. The behavior of Asano convicted him of a serious crime. The shogun had punished Lord Asano by ordering him to commit seppuku. The incident lead to expropriate the land of Ako clan by the Tokugawa’s government and the samurai retainer of the Ako had to disperse and became as a
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