To this day, the Samurai movies maintain a very special place in my heart.
They were the first subtitled films I ever saw.
They were the first samurai movies I ever saw.
And perhaps more importantly, they served as my introduction to the walking symbol of MANLY Japanese badassery that was Toshiro Mifune.
While I’m sure how much relevance he has with the youth of today, what with the prevalence of stories/movies/anime with bumbling or overly emotional male protagonists, and y’know, that Glee horseshit; in my mind Mifune’s samurai performances stand as the single strongest example of what an Asian male should aspire to be.
Either that, or Bruce Lee.
Or Donnie Yen when he was a few years younger.
Or Yusaku Matsuda.
Point is: Glee, Bad. Mifune, Good.
Anyway, I’m not entirely sure, but from what I can recall, it’s been 14 or 15 years since I watched the Samurai Trilogy, and yet here I am, still getting it’s theme music stuck in my head.
It’s been about a week or so since the tune popped into my head, and to be honest, it’s got me in the mood for some classic chanbara movies.
It’s been about 4-5 years since I last saw those movies, but as far as I’m concerned, watching Mifune scratch his face and cut the fuck out of some bitches never gets old.
I would buy the Samurai movies, however I recently heard a rumor that Criterion is going to be releasing them on blu ray in the next month or 2, so I’ll hold off for now.
Hell, I’ve waited about three-fifths of my life to sit down and watch them again, I think I can wait a few more months, right?
……….. Fuck Glee.