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#1 2008-09-03 01:15:52

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Komuso in movies

It would be fun to put a list of Japanese movies in which we see and hear soem Komuso play.

I know of a few and I am sure others can contribte to the list.


Kozure Okami TV series with Nakamura Kinnosuke : I remember Kurahashi Sensei say  that his father played Shakuhachi in one of those episodes but I could be wrong maybe it was the movies with Wakayama Tomisaburo.

Yagyu Ichizoku no inbo: With Toshiro Mifune

Daibosatsu Toge with Mifune and Nakadai

Daibosatsu Toge 3 Movie set with Ichikawa Raizo

Now for the two Daibosatsu Toge version there is a webpage that says Takahashi Kuzan was playing Koku in the Mifune version but I did not hear or see anything in there.

I suspect it was in the previous version with Ichikawa Raizo.

So lets see how many movies we can come up with.

Last edited by Gishin (2008-09-03 01:16:24)


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#2 2008-09-03 16:43:12

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Re: Komuso in movies

Do any of these have voice over translation or subtitles?  Can't understand Japanese.


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#3 2008-09-03 17:48:49

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Re: Komuso in movies

lowonthetotem wrote:

Do any of these have voice over translation or subtitles?  Can't understand Japanese.

Yes so far all the ones posted are available with subtitles.


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#4 2008-09-10 12:12:08

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Re: Komuso in movies

I've learned in recent years not to bet the house on my long term memory, but I seem to recall that Kenji Mizoguchiís 47 Ronin Part 2 has a brief appearance by a shakuhachi player who's tooting down a village street wearing a shallow, wide-rimmed straw hat, possibly a variation of the better known "basket" style tengai.


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#5 2008-09-10 12:21:25

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Re: Komuso in movies

Rick Riekert wrote:

I've learned in recent years not to bet the house on my long term memory, but I seem to recall that Kenji Mizoguchiís 47 Ronin Part 2 has a brief appearance by a shakuhachi player who's tooting down a village street wearing a shallow, wide-rimmed straw hat, possibly a variation of the better known "basket" style tengai.

Yes I think I remember. In this scene the ronins are having a meeting and suddenly when they hear him play the flute they say we should shut up or something thinking the Komuso migh tbe a spy.


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#6 2009-01-30 12:07:42

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Re: Komuso in movies

Ugetsu:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugetsu
When the potter is in the town there is a brief sighting of a komuso wandering the streets playing his shakuhachi.

The Yakuza:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yakuza
When Robert Mitchum goes to the home of the retired Yakuza (and kendo master) to request the return of his favor, there is a kamuso wandering in his courtyard garden playing shakuhachi.


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