As if Persona were made in Japan.
This is playing on Le Cinema Club this week and I think I may need to watch parts of it again because I really want to learn what Olivier Assayas is saying about film. He says it's all about perception. I don't know how but this is important. He also says it's about intuition, that you have to make a million decisions on a set at once and that you can't doubt. He quoted Pascal: "If the stars started doubting, they would fall." I think I want to use this in my life.
Masaki Kobayashi is the evil twin of Akira Kurosawa. Where the latter uses film to tell of the ultimate good of humanity, the former uses it to expose its corrupted egos.
Such is the tale told in Harakiri. A ronin arrives at the gate of Clan Iyi wishing to take his life, and is told of another who did the same mere weeks before. This pretender showed up with bamboo blades, an obvious trickster looking for an easy extortion job,…