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You could argue that in this age, we look to movies to preserve our traditions. But it begs the chicken and egg question: Where does the filmmaker go to authenticate the details?

When Akira Kurosawa, famous as a perfectionist down to the last historical detail, was ready to film “The Seven Samurai,” he found the then-head of the Takeda school of horseback archery, one of two remaining centuries-old schools, to give his actors lessons in the ancient martial art of kyuba.

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