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(1985) Kurosawa is for the western cinephile possibly the
preeminent Japanese director. His position as one of the masters of
cinema is well established but in spite of this his place within
Japanese cinema is regarded as problematic by many, ironically over
issues of his relationship and indebtedness to a western cinematic
tradition. He is certainly the first significant Japanese director to
have been recognised by western film makers and intellectuals:
"Yet for all of the Western adaptations and the attraction
to Hollywood and Soviet-style montage, Kurosawa's status as a Japanese
filmmaker can never be doubted. If, as has often been remarked, his
period films have similarities with Hollywood westerns, they are
nevertheless accurately drawn from the turmoil of Japanese history. If
he has been attracted to Shakesperean theater, he has equally been drawn
to the rarefied world of Japanese Noh drama. And if Kurosawa is a master
of dynamic montage, he is equally the master of the Japanese trademarks
of the long take and gracefully mobile camera." (Monaco, et al., pp.
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Miles, 1995. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.