Cinema DNA: The Way of the Samurai - Virtual Class

Dive deep into the world of Japanese samurai films - tracing their origins from pre-cinema theatrical traditions to the present.

September 15, 2020


The Jedi. Neo. The Bride from Kill Bill. Logan. Aragorn. What do they all have in common? They are inspired by the characters of Japanese samurai cinema - as seen in their fighting styles, their honor code, and their charisma. Films like Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Harakiri, and The Sword of Doom have inspired filmmakers around the globe in the creation of action, sci-fi, and fantasy classics. This class will dive deep into the world of Japanese samurai films - tracing their origins in pre-cinema Japanese theater traditions, to early silent swashbuckling movies, to the films of Akira Kurosawa and his contemporaries, to series like Lone Wolf and Cub and Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman, and to recent samurai films like Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins.

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.



Tuesday, September 15, 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Presented via Zoom Webinar
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member
Registration fees offered at a sliding scale; proceeds support both the instructors and SIFF Education programming.


The Cinema DNA class series focuses on the genealogical inspirations of great films. Through engaging with the films that influence great filmmakers, audiences may develop a deeper appreciation for the art, ideas, and social movements that shape the artistic stories we love.

John Trafton


John Trafton is a Lecturer in Film Studies at Seattle University and the author of "The American Civil War and The Hollywood War Film." Visit his website.