Some time ago, my husband and I watched the movie “Seven Samurai” which was highly recommended by my friend Henry. It is an old movie (1954) made by the world famous film director Akira Kurosawa. We enjoyed it very much. It is about a village of farmers that decided to hire seven samurai (ronin; masterless samurai) to defend themselves from an impending attack of bandits instead of letting the bandits steal their crops after the harvest. There were many things to be said about this movie. I liked what Kanbei (the head Samurai) said to others when he was trying to recruit his small army. He was honest about it up front and said “I have a job that brings you no money and no fame”. Continue reading
I don’t remember when I watched the movie “Nausiccaa of the Velley of Wind” for the first time. I must have been in elementary school, maybe in 4th or 5th grade. I watched it on TV, on video, and also on a big screen when my junior high school had a showing in a brand-new concert hall they’d just built. At that time, the movie was still somewhat difficult for me to understand, but I watched it many times over the course of many years. Every time I watched it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The creator of this movie Hayao Miyazaki made many movies after this one, some of them became famous in the U.S. Recently, a friend of mine talked about his favorite Miyazaki movie “Spirited Away”. He had never seen “Nausicca of the Valley of Wind” so I recommended it, saying that this is my all time favorite. After watching Nausicca, he asked me why I like this one so much(as he preferred “Spirited Away”), and suggested that I write about it.