Russian Classical Literature Analysis

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Russian Classical Literature in the Films by Akira Kurosawa It was in 1995 when I watched one of the famous Japanese films in the class of Japanese literature at Portland State University which is located in the city of Oregon in America. The name of the film director is Akira Kurosawa (1910~1998). Honestly, I have never watched Akira Kurosawa’s film until then. It was exactly the first time for me to watch his film. The title is “Rashomon” written by Akutagawa Ryunosuke. The original novel is a combination of 2 short stories which names are “Yabu no naka”(“In the Bush”) and “Rashomon”(the name of the gate in the city of Kyoto) Since there were no DVDs at that time, I used to go to the rental video shop and was looking for the attractive Japanese films. Coincidentally I rented the video which title is “Dersu Uzala”, I recognized that this film was the collaboration between Mos film at USSR era in Russia and TOHO film in Japan. Akira Kurosawa spent for 2 years, from 1973 to 1975, in order to accomplish this heartwarming story. I will add little more detail. This film depicts the tight relationship of explorer Arseniev and the hunter Dersu Uzala. It was awarded the gold medal at the 9th Moscow Film Festival in 1975, the Academy Award for the Best Foreign…show more content…
(Kawasaki Yusuke. 2011. University of Tokyo foreign studies, graduation thesis). This thesis can be read only in Japanese through the internet. Kawasaki studied and researched very deeply and the thesis strongly attracts the readers who is so much interested in Akira Kurosawa’s work. In the thesis, Kawasaki discussed about another Russian classical literature motifs which was used in the previous Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s “Rashomon”. “Karamazov brothers” by Dostoevsky gives strong influence to this novel and movies. The term “Kurosawa Humanism” was born through films which are based on many Russian classical

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