Remaking Kurosawa: Translations and Permutations in Global by Dolores Martinez

By Dolores Martinez

Through the lens of Akira Kurosawa's films, Martinez dissects the human tendency to make connections in a pioneering try and construct a bridge out of various fabrics: the anthropology of Japan, movie stories, and postmodern theory.

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Remaking Kurosawa: Translations and Permutations in Global Cinema

Through the lens of Akira Kurosawa's films, Martinez dissects the human tendency to make connections in a pioneering try and construct a bridge out of various fabrics: the anthropology of Japan, movie reviews, and postmodern theory.

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The original story can be assumed to be about forbidden sexualities; Dracula also can be read as being about female sexuality and promiscuity; or it can be read as a novel that represents a British fear of the foreign Other. It has been read as a novel about the fear of contagion and syphilis as well. All these readings would appear to support the status quo, the dominant ideology of the Victorian Era—sex outside of marriage is bad, foreigners are suspect, and women are hysterical creatures. Yet the novel also represents the very fascination with all of the above: homosexuality, the beauty of youth, the strange foreigner, and the alluring gamble involved in being sexually active.

By representing what is not there, cinema makes real that which is not real. It gives voice to those assumed to be voiceless or presumed not to exist. com - licensed to University of South Florida - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-30 12 13 remains, whether they are deemed to be faithful to the original or not. And, as more and more Western versions of the genre have piled up, a very interesting transformation has occurred: the vampire has moved from being a creature of evil, something to abjure, through to someone to pity, to someone who is both glamorous and an object of desire.

5 Thus, it is not only the polyphony of the text that reminds us of Dostoevsky, but also this attempt to represent something of the diversity of medieval (and postwar) Japanese society. In many tiny ways the chasm between classes is made clear: the world is full of poverty, disease, and disaster, we are constantly told, but the samurai couple travel through a lovely forest as if without a care in the world. Prince has noted how Kurosawa shared with Dostoevsky a concern with representing all levels of society: In the work of both men, narrative becomes a vehicle of philosophical exploration; incident and action are charged with metaphysical and spiritual significance .

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