The 5 Movements Akira Kurosawa Used to Compose His Work
It sometimes feels that certain filmmakers, such as Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, needs no introduction. We should all know them…
But if we might by name, knowing their full filmography, especially when it comes from a prolific director like Kurosawa, who directed 30 features, and connecting dots between them takes certain skills, an eye and time few dedicate.
In the video below, he extracts the knowledge gathered watching Kurosawa’s 30 films and demonstrates how the Japanese director used five different types of movements to support his visual storytelling.
Watch the video and read the recap afterwards. The video is an essential viewing to fully appreciate the movements Zhou mentions and their visual power in Kurosawa’s world.
The 5 Movements that Compose Akira Kurosawa’s Visual Work
#1 – The Movement of Nature
“In every one of his films, the background of the shots feature some kind of weather. Wind, water, fire, smoke, snow.”
#2 – The Movement of Groups
“Kurosawa films usually feature large groups of people who either band together or split apart.”
#3 – The Movement of Individuals
“One of my favorite thing with Kurosawa is that his blocking is unrealistic and exaggerated.”
#4 – The Movement of the Camera
“One of the hallmarks of Kurosawa’s style are is foot camera moves that go from a close-up, to a full shot, to an over-shoulder in a single unbroken take.”
#5 – The Movement of the Cut
“Kurosawa is one of the few directors that work as his own editor. One of the reason his movies just flow is that he tends to cut on movement. Often, you’re paying so much attention to someone who is moving that you don’t see the edit.”