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    Congratulations to Friday’s winner, Dan! Dan’s caption for this screenshot from Throne of Blood was:

    The Emperor initially resisted the switch from plastic bags to cloth.

    March is Akira Kurosawa month at Criterion. On the twenty-third, the great Japanese filmmaker would have been one hundred years old. For this centennial celebration, we will be posting trivia questions and other contests all month, and giving away a different prize every weekday.

    Today’s prompt:

    What’s your favorite use of music or sound in a Kurosawa film?

    Please respond by commenting below, and we’ll choose our favorite tomorrow. You must leave a valid e-mail address to be eligible for the prize (a Rashomon DVD).

14 comments

  • By andrew c.
    March 08, 2010
    09:46 PM

    it's all about the blood splattering in Ran!!
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  • By Joe A.
    March 08, 2010
    09:52 PM

    The guitar in Drunken Angel
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  • By Tom H.
    March 08, 2010
    09:56 PM

    cabaret in Stray Dog, baby
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  • By julie s.
    March 08, 2010
    10:11 PM

    the sound of salt and the fox's head in Ran thumping on the wooden floor.
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  • By julie s.
    March 08, 2010
    10:11 PM

    the sound of salt and the fox's head in Ran thumping on the wooden floor.
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  • By ZebulonPike
    March 08, 2010
    10:14 PM

    The "In the Town" music from Seven Samurai has been instantly recognizable to me since my first viewing of the film. It always makes me chuckle the way the song is borderline cliche, but still so fitting for its sense of location and the feel of the bustling town it conveys. My wife will pop it in while I'm finishing up a sandwich and the familiar "boop de boop boop, bopp de boop boop" bounds through the house and I call "They're already in town?"
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  • By AdamCook
    March 08, 2010
    10:25 PM

    Obviously Mifune's barks, growls and whoops and other various onomatopoeias he puts on display in Rashomon.
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  • By Andrew H.
    March 08, 2010
    10:30 PM

    The sound of birds and storms in Throne of Blood, those sounds really set a really eerie tone for the film. It's a great film to watch during a thunder storm.
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  • By Billy R.
    March 09, 2010
    12:33 AM

    The sound of wind is a constant in Yojimbo. It is present in every exterior scene, adding to the dry cold that permeates the town. Even in the film's most playful moments, the wind is always there, reminding us, subtly (sometimes unconsciously), of the dreadful condition this poor town is in. However, there is a moment about 20 minutes in, when Sanjuro confronts the gang to show "his value," and he says the line "No cure for fools." As he says this, the wind cuts, not just stops, but cuts. This is Kurosawa saying "Listen, pay attention to this. This is justification for everything that happens in this movie." It's...pretty cool.
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  • By Adam
    March 09, 2010
    07:07 AM

    The wonderful use of music in Ikiru as the policeman tells everyone how he saw Watanabe-San singing his song as he was on the swing. It's wonderfully moving.
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  • By Eric H.
    March 09, 2010
    08:47 AM

    The arterial slash and blood spurt at the end of Sanjuro. A PROFUSELY bloody punctuation mark at the end of a rather fun jaunt of a film. Quite a shocker for a first time view.
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  • By tenderfoot
    March 09, 2010
    02:00 PM

    Kurosawa’s use of the same song twice in the Hidden Fortress, first as a light hearted celebration at the fire festival, then as a eulogy the princess sings awaiting death; she sings the whole song with not one cut or movement. Using the same song to express a moment of happiness, and one of utter despair, brilliant.
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  • By Kevin L.
    March 09, 2010
    04:59 PM

    The telephone ringing in High and Low is always so menacing, as well as the "mosh mosh? MOSH MOSH?" that follows the hang up. (I apologize for my probably butchering of the Japanese language.)
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  • By Zachary S.
    March 09, 2010
    05:25 PM

    The way Ran switches between silence and full sound with the sound of gun shot. Takemitsu's score through out the film gives me shivers.
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