"The Bodyguard (1961)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

Japan middle of the XIX century. In the provincial town comes a stranger, and in a conversation with the local undertaker finds out that there are two warring gangs ply, preventing simple honest people to live simple. And then a stranger in front of two gangs shows how much he is cool in the possession of the sword, killing a few seconds, three impudent bandits. The leaders of two gangs at once realized that the stranger could significantly change the situation in favor of one group, the ranks of which he enters. Even stranger instantly offers himself as a bodyguard to one of the gang leaders. And then I thought, is willing to be hired by the other authority. Although the original purpose of the stranger is somewhat different - he decided to destroy the two gangs ...
Another notable Samurai Akira Kurosawa, who, nevertheless, just all the samurai code and destroys. If a deeper academic setting 1954 "Seven Samurai" Kurosawa to the fore brings caste confrontation closed Samurai community bandits bespredelschik and peasants, the "bodyguards" already appears a classic loner hero, but not living under the established "codes honor ", and in its internal understanding of the world of good and evil. The main character played by Toshiro Mifune excellent block by the canons of conduct samurai (ronin) the least one of them. He easily betray their masters conceiving their own game, in principle, contrary to the idea of ​​faithful service even disgusting, but the owner. Actually, so Kurosawa depicts the image of a brand new hero with a sword - a daring and ushlogo bugger, which is more similar to the habits of private detectives from the film noir genre, which in 30-40th successfully embodied on the screen Humphrey Bogart
general,. in "The bodyguard" Kurosawa very much westernized and anti-Japanese. Kurosawa moved away from the language of parables and, on the other hand, has made a film largely satirical, in some places, gradually coming almost in a frank comedy. "Bodyguard" is dynamic. Digression-arguments here are still present, but this is a movie that is easily digested by the Western audience. And by the way, it is also adaptable. Three years later, Sergio Leone withdraw his legendary Western "A Fistful of dollars", which in terms of plot will be the same copying the "Bodyguard", like "The Magnificent Seven" John Sturges already mentioned "Seven Samurai". Only this time, Kurosawa goes more practical and would be able to knock a substantial compensation from presumptuous Americans for plagiarism
Another important component of this production -. Stunning dynamics and fuse of insolence soundtrack, written by composer Masaru Sato. If a picture Kurosawa still lives in the archaic era of academic samurai, which he created in the 50s, the music, along with a new type of hero's erect "Bodyguard" is already a fundamentally new hypostasis. Subsequently, it is Quentin Tarantino for many of his performances will take as a basis for the musical style Sato.
But what Kurosawa remained true to himself, so it is in hyperbole evil through the prism of small arms. In "Seven Samurai" robbers were scum because afforded Unlike samurai, use small arms. In "The Bodyguard," there is only one villain with firearms Unosuke (very colorful and memorable performance from Tatsuya Nakadai), which does not leave with a revolver. And that his hero is the main threat to the good Ronin and to all those whom he protects. Because the bullet devalues ​​all the skills of even the best masters of sword fighting, allowing frank scoundrel decide the outcome of the match with one shot. And it Nakadai hero symbolizes the arrival process of evil and the imminent sunset epoch of noble heroes-singles. However, in a separate story impudent, cynical loner hero still has time to stand up for their principles and kick ass a few tens of frostbitten scum.
In depth "Bodyguard" is still inferior to the "Seven Samurai", but as a drive, arrogance and generally demonstrations ronin single new type of Kurosawa has created a very interesting and largely westernized movies.
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