Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cherry blossom movies and Zatoichi music

"Oyabun" is obviously a man after my own heart—he runs a fantastic blog on old-school Japanese movies.

(The blog's name comes from the pervasive use of cherry blossom imagery in Japanese movies as a metaphor for the transience of life—blossoming magnificently to signify the brilliant end of existence—as an American cinematic tough guy might talk about going out "in a blaze of glory.")

And if you like the Japanese movie subgenre of Zatoichi flicks, then here's a rare find: a collection of Zatoichi movie music.

Tsuruta Koji about to go out in a blaze of glory in the explosively intense tough-guy classic Bakuto Gaijin Butai (The Gamblers' Foreign Legion), a.k.a. "Sympathy for the Underdog."

—Mellow Monk

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