Auto-ethnography: Reflection.

Throughout the semester, I’ve been pushed more and more out of my comfort zone. Experiencing different cultures, mainly through film. All the different films and documentaries we’ve watched in the BCM320 class, have discussed various cultural issues and differences. In this blog post, I’ll attempt to reflect on my personal experience with these different cultures and how I wrote about them in my previous post. This reflection is a part of the auto-ethnographic process, attempting to create a greater understanding of my experience with different cultures.

I’ve never been outside my cultural bubble. I’ve stayed in Sydney pretty much my whole life, rarely going to a different state. I like to believe that I have heaps of experience with different cultures, however after seeing all these movies and documentaries in BCM320, it’s rather obvious that I haven’t got much experience at all.

I’m focusing on the film “The Hidden Fortress”.

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I was rather shocked to learn about The Hidden Fortress. It was a source of inspiration for several incredible films that I grew up on. It was partially responsible for several films that I’ve come to know and love. One I mentioned previously was “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977)

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I’m interested to see how this experience will go, as the previous movies that were viewed in BCM320 were somewhat eye-opening. Especially Gojira, which made me read between the lines within films and look at the giant metaphor roaming around Japan, destroying stuff.

I’m also excited to explore the movies that were inspired by Kurosawa, like “The Hateful Eight” by Quintin Tarantino, “The Magnificent Seven” by John Sturges, “A Fist full of Dollars” by Sergio Leone, and many other classics.

In my further research and Digital Artefact, I’ll attempt to better understand the culture from where The Hidden Fortress came from, whilst also being able to create an experience for the readers in order to include them on the journey that I will undergo. I’ll explain and explore my epiphanies that I experience throughout my viewings of the Hidden Fortress, to help create that experience for the readers.

I’m looking forwards to it being another culture shock, discussing issues relating to the time it was produced. Similar to the films we’ve discussed throughout the semester in Digital Asia like Akira and Gojira





Ellis, C (2018). Autoethnography: An Overview: Qualitative Social Research, [online] Available at:  [Accessed 19 Sep. 2018].

One comment

  1. Once you find out about it, it seems really obvious that star wars was inspired by samurai films. Look at light sabres they’re basically futuristic Katanas. what has always interested me is the asian influence of the force and the jedi albeit through a western lense. the force has a light side and a dark side but star wars has a dark bad light good sort of viewpoint that i don’t think exsist’s in quite the same way in the philosophies that inspired it. i always find it interesting to see how other cultures interpret other cultures philosophies.


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