In praise of actor Hiroyuki Sanada

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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+hiroyuki+sanada&qpvt=images+hiroyuki+sanada&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=794ED1A80FB707A97B8A50A458F15F63BC4D75FC&selectedIndex=2

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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+hiroyuki+sanada&qpvt=images+hiroyuki+sanada&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=069D92ADB0CF3783B86EBDA48EB6948A3D69AFF2&selectedIndex=55

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEQlj54QlYo

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0Hvq3Tl_r0

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC8TL9_kqHI

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroyuki_Sanada

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/yushin-charley-narimatsu-1920-2013-died-age-93-my-nisei-2nd-generation-uncle-the-last-of-his-generation-in-my-kazokufamily/

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai_cinema#Themes

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 Looking at the historical setting of the film the audience can take cultural context of the samurai in that certain period.

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For instance the Sengoku era (1478-1603) saw Japan torn by civil war as daimyo warlords fought for control of land.

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In the Tokugawa era (1603-1868), peace from civil war meant there were no wars for the samurai to fight and some samurai became ronin, masterless warriors left to struggle to survive.

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In the Meiji era (1868-1912), we see a decline of the hereditary existence of the samurai and the rise of westernization. In this period the ideal of the samurai and the code of bushido are popularized into the military warrior’s belief.

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The time frame meant changes in the sorts of conflicts for the samurai to fight and film would capture their resistance against overwhelming odds.

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A recurring conflict the ideal samurai encounters is the ninjo and giri conflict. 

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Ninjo is the human feeling that tells you what is right

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and giri is the obligation of the samurai to his lord and clan.

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The conflict originated from overwhelming control of the Tokugawa bakufu government over the samurai’s behavior.

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Often samurai would question the morality of their actions and are torn between duty and conscience.

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This conflict transcends eras in samurai films and can create the perception of the protagonist as being the moral underdog or steadfast warrior.

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In The Last Samurai, Katsumoto is no longer of use to his emperor and sentenced to self-disembowelment.

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He goes against his duty to follow through with his sentence and flees to fight his final rebellion against the central government’s army.

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Ninjo and giri conflict is dynamic to the character of the samurai.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sULTwrKipc

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_Xes0ZpDPs

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsunetomo_Yamamoto

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsJBylHDaB0

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Hiroyuki Sanada’s American counterpart Jack White (in cap) —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjqLj48NWNA

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Asashoryu — sumo’s greatest ever???

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How about Hakuho http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krkc5fNn2jc

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or Taiho   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Glh4sL6U3c

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or Futabayama  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vegbRwKsyF8

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or Chiyonofuji http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z61aI2uWNw   ??????

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One Response to In praise of actor Hiroyuki Sanada

  1. Pingback: Charles Yushin Narimatsu 1920-2013 died age 93 — my Nisei 2nd generation uncle the last of his generation in my kazoku/family | Curtis Narimatsu

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