Archive for April, 2013

Satyajit Ray and Japanese Cinema

April 4, 2013

I just finished watching a whole bunch of samurai movies by such legendary filmmakers as Hideo Gosha and Akira Kurosawa. I also watched Pather Panchali by the legend that is Satyajit Ray. One striking thing is how close the films resemble each other. I’m not talking so much about plot and story but the presentation. Ray was heavily influenced by Japanese film and kabuki. It shows in his film and it is something of a masterpiece in film making (Pather Panchali was Ray’s directorial debut and it won loads of awards and is pretty much regarded as a work of genius). Not only are the use of shadows and light incredibly similar to the work of Japanese film makers but also the way the actors are directed and the shots are composed. I’ve heard that Kurosawa was a huge fan of Ray’s and they met once and had a long conversation about film making. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that.