1. Kurosawa pointed the camera directly into the bright sun, which was an innovation in the history of cinematography; The story-within-a-story is introduced by a shot of the sun at the beginning so that it can be separated from the rainy scene before.
2. Light on the axe and establishing shots of the woods introduces the setting: who is the storyteller this round, why is he here, and what is the context of everything;
3. The lights and shadows, used extensively throughout the clip (and the film), symbolizes the mysteries in this story and the lies and darknesses in the human nature.
4. The great amount of variations in camera movements, angle, and the woodcutter's movement implies the story's perplexing and make-believe nature: the many perspectives that the audiences are seeing the protagonist from correspond to the theme of the film itself.
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