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Thread: \"Secret Life of Japan\" season on Channel4: UK

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    Just wondering if anyone else is watching the 'season' (1 week) of programmes/films about Japan.
    They're being shown on UK's Channel 4.
    From the listings I can see that "Rashomon" and "Onibaba" are being screened this coming Thursday.
    They are Samurai films aren't they??

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    yeah, Rashomon is about a man who is attacked by two bandits when with his wife and the movie centres around them giving their accounts of the incident. Onibaba is a horror film about two peasant women who earn extra money by murdering samurai and selling their armour and weapons.
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    Rashomon has actually little to do with the samurai, other than the fact that it's set in feudal Japan. It's not a samurai film per se, but nevertheless a Palme d'Or winner and (I hear) a great movie. I'd watch it if I could

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    Both films are worth watching.....
    I especially enjoyed "Onibaba".
    The demon-faced Samurai warrior was an impressive sight indeed

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    One warning on Rashomon,

    it is slow in many places and is more of a meaningful movie with themes and such. Don't go into it expecting fighting, as you won't see it. However, it is a very good film in my opinion. Especially the ending.

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    I consider Rashomon to be one of the greatest films ever. But don't expect ninja attacks or a reenactment of Sekigahara.

    By the way, the main characters are a woodsman(Shimura Takashi), priest and peasant. The attack is one bandit (Mifune Toshiro) vs. a noble and his female companion.

    Just to set it straight.

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    Rashomon the greatest ever???

    I don't know...guess if you like that psycological stuff,maybe. Ask yourself this...what the hell was the right thing for the woman to do?

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    guys.... let's not give away the entire movie.

    if anyone comments on the ending, then I will have to delete the post. --since someone has expressed the intent to watch it within the next week or whenever.

    -and it is not necessarily depressing... just depends on your outlook on life.

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