I went home last weekend for Father’s Day.
Unfortunately for you, my dad and I are not into taking pictures of ourselves that much.
Instead you get a picture of what I gave my dad.
My dad and I spend a lot of our time together watching movies.
One of the first types of movies we watched together were Japanese samurai movies (Chanbara movies in Japanese).
I don’t think I got much out of the samurai movies when I was a kid because they were subtitled and in black and white.
Now I really appreciate the genre. A ton of my favorite movies are samurai movies.
Some greats to check out include: Rashomon, Hidden Fortress, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Harakiri, Throne of Blood, and Chushingura.
One interesting thing about samurai movies is that they are often adapted for Western audiences as… well, westerns.
Yojimbo and Sanjuro were turned into A Fistful of Dollars and A Few Dollars More. Seven Samurai became The Magnificent Seven. Chushingura was made into an action movie called 47 Ronin instead of a western. Throne of Blood is actually a Japanese adaption of Macbeth. Finally, Hidden Fortress inspired George Lucas to create Star Wars.
What’s my point with all this? Well, because my dad and I like samurai movies we also like westerns.
I recently started listening to a lot of western themed songs.
The songs are like little mini western movies. Marty Robbins is a singer who basically only writes within that small genre.
I got my dad a mix CD of these cowboy songs along with a pair of movies that inspired two of the songs, High Noon and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is an iconic song of the genre. Here’s a link if you’d like to listen to it and get a taste of the genre.
Happy Father’s Day Dad!