Cowboys and Samurai: Heroes in Two Cultures
Masculinity scholars have claimed that masculinity is disappearing or waning, but perhaps that it is changing into something more adaptable and receptive to different viewpoints about the past, resulting in better outcomes for society than ever thought before. For further research into the modem male's characterization, we need to study how the stoic Will Kane drastically differs from the protagonist of any contemporary romantic comedy or action movie. The samurai hero must be compared with modem portrayals of the genre. When more research is done in this area, there can be a better understanding of the American and Japanese conceptions of masculinity today. This study is important because it recognizes the importance of the cowboy and samurai identity to the American and Japanese public. While the methods of men today do not match the methods of men in the 1950s or 1960s, the results may yield better results than thought possible.