Monday, May 27, 2024

THE SCHOOL OF OZU: HOU HSIAO-HSIEN - PART TWO

I’ve watched a lot of Ozu films recently and I’m about to make my own films depicting contemporary Taiwan - Hou Hsiao Hsien, TALKING WITH OZU

Early Summer / Good Men, Good Women


Below is a companion/sequel to last year's post on the visual similarities between the work of Yasujiro Ozu & Hou Hisao Hsien (click here to see part one). Like the first entry, these comparisons are a combination of intentional homages (Cafe Lumiere, Good Men Good Women) and unintentional/coincidental homages (it is speculated that Hou did not discover the work of Ozu until midway in to his filmmaking)..


The Flavor Of Green Tea Over Rice / The Puppetmaster

Late Autumn / Good Men, Good Women

Late Autumn / Good Men, Good Women

The Only Son / A City Of Sadness

Early Summer /
A City Of Sadness


The Only Son / A City Of Sadness

Floating Weeds / A City Of Sadness

Floating Weeds / Cafe Lumiere

Equinox Flower / Three Times

Late Autumn / Cafe Lumiere

Floating Weeds / A The Puppetmaster

Early Summer / Flowers Of Shanghai

Early Summer / Flowers Of Shanghai

Late Spring / Millennium Mambo (deleted scene)

Dragnet Girl /
A City Of Sadness


Walk Cheerfully / Millennium Mambo

Late Spring / The Puppetmaster

Kagami Jishi / The Puppetmaster

Floating Weeds / The Green Green Grass Of Home
Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family / Good Men, Good Women

Tokyo Story / Three Times




Monday, May 20, 2024

VISUAL HOMAGES IN GHOST DOG (GHOST DOG AT 25)

Frankenstein / Ghost Dog

Ghost Dog is now 25 years old! Instead of writing some retrospective think-piece about how it’s a great film dealing with race relations between Black Americans & Italian Americans or how it’s a misunderstood meditative masterpiece, or how it’s one of Forest Whitaker’s greatest performances – I’ve decided to compile my personal favorite homages from the film. 

Outside of the obvious sources of inspiration like Le Samourai & Branded To Kill, Ghost Dog is full of references which is sort of Jim Jarmusch’s motto. Below are the visual similarities that stood out to me the most over the years…

Meditation On Violence / Ghost Dog


GHOST DOG is obviously heavily informed by LE SAMOURAI- Jim Jarmusch, louderthanwar.com
Le Samourai / Ghost Dog

Le Samourai / Ghost Dog


but there were other things as well: films by Suzuki - Jim Jarmusch, Filmmaker Magazine
Branded To Kill / Ghost Dog

Take Aim At The Police Van / Ghost Dog

Branded To Kill / Ghost Dog

Branded To Kill /
Ghost Dog

Branded To Kill /
Ghost Dog

Branded To Kill / Ghost Dog

Tokyo Drifter /
Ghost Dog

Tokyo Drifter /
Ghost Dog

Tokyo Drifter /
Ghost Dog

Tokyo Drifter /
Ghost Dog


I gave him [Forest Whitaker] Seven Samurai, Branded to Kill, by Suzuki Le Samurai and Le Deuxième Souffle by Melville - Jim Jarmusch,  Movie Maker Magazine
Le Deuxmieme Souffle / Ghost Dog

Le Deuxmieme Souffle / Ghost Dog


I did give Forest a lot of Kurosawa and other films to watch when he asked me ‘What inspired you’ - Jim Jarmusch, Movie Maker Magazine
Rashomon /
Ghost Dog


Seven Samurai / Ghost Dog

Yojimbo /
Ghost Dog


Sanjuro /
Ghost Dog


Rashomon /
Ghost Dog

Yojimbo /
Ghost Dog

Yojimbo /
Ghost Dog

Yojimbo /
Ghost Dog

Yojimbo /
Ghost Dog


Ghost Dog uses guns in his work, but he treats them the way a samurai would have treated a sword - Jim Jarmusch, Filmmaker Magazine
Yojimbo /
Ghost Dog

Yojimbo /
Ghost Dog

Zatoichi /
Ghost Dog

Zatoichi /
Ghost Dog

Lady Snowblood / Ghost Dog

Sword Of Doom / Ghost Dog

Harakiri/ Ghost Dog

The Tale of Zatoichi Continues / Ghost Dog

The Tale of Zatoichi / Ghost Dog

The Tale of Zatoichi Continues / Ghost Dog


Films made by Ozu (or the works of any masters, for that matter) may drift in and out of fashion, but their stylistic strengths and particularities are not movable - Jim Jarmusch, Artforum.com
Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family / Ghost Dog

Early Summer / Ghost Dog

Early Summer / Ghost Dog

Early Summer / Ghost Dog

Early Summer / Ghost Dog

Equinox Flower / Ghost Dog

Good Morning / Ghost Dog

Days Of Youth / Ghost Dog

Equinox Flower / Ghost Dog

Dragnet Girl / Ghost Dog


In the trunk he [Henry Silva] had tapes of his work that he’d made. It wasn’t his classic films like The Manchurian Candidate or Viva Zapata. It was all stuff of him with Steven Segal & Chuck Norris - Jim Jarmusch, louderthanwar.com
Code Of Silence /
Ghost Dog

Code Of Silence /
Ghost Dog


In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination - Jim Jarmusch
Breathless /
Ghost Dog


At that time, I was also inspired by very formally pure films. Films by Carl Dreyer or Bresson - Jim Jarmusch, The Guardian
Pickpocket / Ghost Dog

Pickpocket / Ghost Dog

Pickpocket / Ghost Dog


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