Friday, February 06, 2004


Anyone know the name of the early Kurosawa movie in which Toshiro Mifune is standing eye-to-eye with another samurai, staring fiercely at him for what seems like 5 minutes, until he suddenly whips out his katana with the blade pointing up, so as it clears the sheathe, it slices right through the guy's torso? It's one of the coolest action moves in all cinema, and right now, I'm standing here in the sandbox sim of Cordova with a guy a named Taylor Phaeton, who's trying to recreate it in 3D form. Taylor's built a bunch of human-sized avatar dummies (they look like the wooden posing dolls you'd see in an art class), and he's been using them to re-enact famous movie scenes (the more violent, the better). So far, so good, though his efforts were somewhat distracted by the robed guy with the light saber, the tatooed Canadian in camouflage looking to start up an in-world hockey team, and the purple-light spewing alien who just stopped by the Kurosawa display to dance to some imported electronica. (In other words, a typical day in Cordova.)

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I believe that the movie that you are thinking of is "The Seven Samurai"... and the proper term of the katana's sheath is called a "saya" (just a bit of semi-useless trivia).

Posted by: Alexis Fairchild at Feb 6, 2004 6:39:17 PM

Cool, Alexis, didn't know it was a *saya*.
However, I am sure it wasn't from *Seven
Samurai*, but one of his lesser known films...

Posted by: Hamlet Linden at Feb 6, 2004 10:10:22 PM

The best part about cardova is how all the vehicles end up there, the array of things for sale and the firefights.

Oh, and some people actually use it as it was intended, too.

Posted by: Maxx Monde at Feb 7, 2004 10:02:36 AM

The movie is Sanjuro which is the sequel to Yojimbo. Both are excellent movies.

Posted by: Jason Hammer at Feb 7, 2004 10:16:31 AM

That sounds right, Jason, thanks!

Posted by: Hamlet Linden at Feb 7, 2004 11:03:36 AM

Thanks, Jason... it's been a while since I saw Yojimbo, and I hadn't seen Sanjuro yet.

::needs to run to the library to see if they have a copy::

Posted by: Alexis Fairchild at Feb 7, 2004 6:42:59 PM