Return of the Jidaigeki

22 May

I’ve mused about the connections between Star Wars and anthropology before; 1) because those connections are culturally relevant, but 2) mostly just because I like Star Wars. A lot. (If you don’t, please bear with me until we return to more “strictly speaking” anthropological topics).

 

時代劇

 

Found an excellent 8-minute video called “How are Samurai Films Responsible for Star Wars?!?” this morning. It succinctly situates Star Wars in the context of 20th Century Japanese and American film history, including plenty of cross-cultural references. Highly recommended if you’re interested in Star Wars, Japanese culture, filmmaking, storytelling, etc. (Do be aware, it contains “strong language”).

 

Enjoy!

One Response to “Return of the Jidaigeki”

  1. erik buys 01/05/2019 at 3:49 am #

    I came to this blog by looking for information about Star Wars and anthropology. This is just great!

    Maybe this will interest you as well, it’s about Joseph Campbell and René Girard, in an attempt to shed some light on Star Wars:

    https://mimeticmargins.com/2018/12/31/star-wars-between-myth-and-gospel/

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