The Samurai Popular Culture

Through the mythical existent of Samurai, the war skills, boldness and loyalty of the Samurai is put into a reality in the action movies and the animated films. The protagonistic nature of Samurai in most narratives has made the title gain ground overseas and in Japan, and the character admirable.

There is a significant influence on the traditional Samurai movie to the western film especially in America where the films and the afro samurai animated have become so popular.

The Samurai Popular Culture

Director Akira Kurosawa expresses the romantic character of the samurai through the two adopted books by William Shakespeare; “Throne of Blood” and “Run.” The two plays are sources of his Samurai movies.  His stylistic traits have been a contributing influence to the western movie.

Another famous Japanese historical writer whose movies are doing well in the West- America, Eiji Yoshikawa, brought to the American market, the Tale of the Heike that depicts a rich realism and the warrior culture of Samurai.

The Samurai exist in the Japanese comics as well, like the Manga and in the animation. They include the Samurai Champloo, Requiem from the darkness, Muramasa, The Demon Blade, and Afro Samurai.

Takashi Okazaki brought the afro samurai popularity to America by relating the movie to the Americans through the western music. The animation was the originally Manga Series done by studio Gonza.

He made a debut in 2007 targeting the American audience. He made the comparison of the American’s hip-hop artists and the Samurai warrior. Due to the admiration it drew, it was adopted as a full feature film and a title for many gaming consoles like play station 3 and Xbox.


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