Transcultural reflections: a study of Kurosawa Akira's cinematic cycle of influence

Tiller, Matthew (2007) Transcultural reflections: a study of Kurosawa Akira's cinematic cycle of influence. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The following exposition is a study of the transcultural influence between Japan and the west, focusing on Kurosawa Akira. Kurosawa has become known as the most western of Japanese filmmakers, a reputation that comes from his undeniable absorption of western culture. Following an isolated era of Japanese history; western art, literature, and cinema flooded into Japan and Kurosawa was substantially affected by this. His films exhibit the considerable influence of silent cinema, American Westerns, and western literature. These are the key focus areas of the first three chapters to come. Subsequently, Kurosawa went on to become one of the most influential filmmakers in the world, gaining admirers from the west such as Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese. Ultimately, Kurosawa managed to give back what he borrowed in a return of influence. This was possible due to the combination of Kurosawa's global ideology and intake of western culture, making his films comprehensible, not only to his own national audience but to the world over. Consequently his innovative films became models for future filmmakers, and his influence still resonates to this day. A study of this nature requires a key knowledge of the relevant films. The spectrum of cinematic texts that were analysed formed the basis of the examination. Frequently adopting a textual comparative approach I evaluated evidence of influence from both sides, with the support of a variety of academic sources. The result is an in depth understanding of the process of transcultural influence between Japan and the west through one of the greatest filmmakers of our time, Kurosawa Akira.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/308

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