Samurai Film Series

Samurai Film SeriesJace Sherman, of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild, has been a fan of is Japanese Chambara, a genre of Samurai films, for several years, and has been collecting the films for a year now. An interesting fact about these films is that they have influenced Western cinema, such as the original Star Wars trilogy was influenced by Akira Kurosawa, and the late 60’s Western films were revolutionized by these movies.

Sherman is holding movie nights this semester based on the chronological order that each of the Samurai movies were released. The first film, Rashomon, was held on September 8, 2013. The next film, Seven Samurai, will be held on September 15, 2013 at 6pm. This is the only film being played at 6pm this semester all others will be played at 7pm. The reason for this is that Seven Samurai is a three hour and twenty minute movie. The other movies being watched this semester are Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Three Outlaw Samurai; Sword of Doom, Kill!, Lone Wolf and Cub; Sword of Vengeance, Twilight Samurai ,Zatoichi, and Thirteen Assassins. All the films are shown in Japanese with English subtitles.

All of the films are held in the basement of the Library. Before the beginning of each movie Sherman will talk about what to watch out for in each film, and there will be an open discussion at the end of each film. For many of the films there will be door prizes.

A warning for anyone with a queasy stomach, starting with Sanjuro and on, the movies become very bloody and gruesome. Sanjuro was actually the first film to ever feature splatter blood effect. It is also important to note that Lone Wolf and Cub; Sword of Vengeance and Thirteen Assassins feature nudity.

This Samurai film festival is free for all faculty, staff, and students, and no sign up is required. If you have any questions please contact Professor Gish, the advisor, or Jace Sherman.

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