Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Kurosawa remakes? Why bother?

Hot on the heels of the Sanjuro remake is the reworking of The Hidden Fortress (website), the movie that influenced Star Wars. Why is there a crowd of Kurosawa remakes now? I just finished Samurai 7, the anime 'reimagining' of Kurosawa's classic tale, and found it lacked the spirit and dynamism of the original. Maybe it was due to the skyscraper-sized Manga bandits that the Samurais were fighting or the unbelievable skills of the Samurai, which just added to the silliness of the proceedings. Throw in a plot that stretches the proceedings to the requisite 26 episodes and you have a bloated affair.

Nonetheless, at least The Hidden Fortress has a very nicely done poster. Manga fans should recognise the work of Takehiko Inoue, who did the art work for the Slam Dunk and Vagabond series. Now if the movie were fully done in the style of his art work, I'd definitely be queuing up to see it.

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