Quentin Tarantino names his favorite Japanese show


American author Quentin Tarantino is both praised and criticized for his encyclopedic knowledge of world cinema history. While many applauded Tarantino for incorporating elements from the works of pioneers such as Mario Bava and Sergio Leone, others attacked the director for “stealing” from other artists.

Tarantino has acknowledged this himself on several occasions, claiming that the only reason he started making films was because of these film geniuses and that is why he takes every opportunity to pay homage to the artists who ‘he admires. The director even used his own voice to amplify some of his more obscure contemporaries such as Wong Kar-wai and Bong Joon-ho who gained widespread recognition after introducing them to Western audiences.

The director of cult classics like Tank dogs and pulp Fiction has a particular love for Asian cinema, having previously promoted films from South Korea and Hong Kong. In addition to these, Tarantino is also very passionate about Japanese cinema and has repeatedly cited filmmakers such as Shinya Tsukamoto who revolutionized the art form through gems such as Tetsuo.

Tarantino is also a big fan of Japanese martial artist Sonny Chiba who led him to explore his favorite show of the country. According to Tarantino, the show from the early 1980s Shadow warriors was the one he loved the most and it featured Chiba as different ninjas in each of the seasons of the series which spanned four seasons in total.

“I had also seen a series of Japanese ninjas on television called Shadow warriors which is the best cartoon I’ve seen on screen, ”Tarantino explained in an interview. The director loved the central premise of the show, which revolved around a group of incompetent restaurant workers who transformed themselves into the most formidable ninja warriors at night.

They were engaged in a fight between the progressives who wanted to bring Western culture to Japan and the conservatives who wanted to preserve Japanese culture in a bubble. In each vis-à-vis, the leader of the Shadow Warriors would deliver a sermon on the need to exterminate the evil of the world before defeating the enemy. This influenced Tarantino so much that he ended up incorporating it for the famous “Ezekiel monologue” in pulp Fiction.

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Marie A. Evans