Gatunkowe pogranicza – samurajskie filmy Hideo Goshy

Michał Bobrowski



The paper is dedicated to the intertextual and polemic threads in jidai-geki films of Hideo Gosha – especially The Sword of the Beast (Kedamono no ken, 1965), The Secret of the Urn (Tange Sazen: Hien iaigiri, 1966) and Official Gold (Goyokin, 1969). Those works are treated here as emblematic of the transformations which occurred in the Japanese genre cinema of 1960s, when the samurai film (similarly to its American counterpart, the western) entered the phase of revision and reinterpretation of its fundamental ideological, aesthetic and philosophical values. This tendency, which had been anticipated by pre-war dissidents of the samurai films, such as Buntaro Futagawa or Sadao Yamanaka, and elevated by Masaki Kobayashi in 1960s, became a point of departure for further explorations for directors like Kihachi Okamoto, Eiichi Kudo or, last but not least, Hideo Gosha. Gosha’s works are characterised by a certain type of double-coding: his well-crafted, attractive adventure stories have all the features that distinguish the so-called “audience-friendly” films – and yet, on the higher level of interpretation, they appear as high quality genre pastiches, which deconstruct the national stereotypes imprinted in genre typing.

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Hideo Gosha; samurai film; western

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