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Films By Akira Kurosawa

DODES'KA-DEN (Akira Kurosawa, 1970)
Akira Kurosawa's first film in five years centres on the inhabitants of a shanty-town society. ... The town is little more than an ugly array of metal sheets and tar paper shacks resembling the city … Read more

HIGH AND LOW (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
Gondo, the production head of a shoe factory, mortgages his house and belongings to gain control of the company. Before he proceeds, a kidnapper rings and asks for a large amount of money for the ret… Read more

I LIVE IN FEAR (Akira Kurosawa, 1955)
The head of a large family, a wealthy industrialist, tries to persuade his family, his mistresses and their children, to emigrate to Brazil, where he thinks they will be safe from atomic extinction. … Read more

JUDO SAGA (Akira Kurosawa, 1943)
Kurosawa's first film was produced in 1943 - a time when a film could be rejected by the Information Bureau for showing American influence, though Judo Saga was safe in its portrayal of Japanese mart… Read more

LIVING (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
After Rashoman, Akira Kurosawa adapted Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" for the screen. When this film failed to win critical approval in Japan, he made Living, a modern story which established him as the mo… Read more

NO REGRETS FOR OUR YOUTH (Akira Kurosawa, 1946)
The theme of the film is based on the famous Takikawa Incident of 1933, which forced the resignation of Professor Yukitoki Takikawa from the faculty of Kyoto University for his supposed "communistic … Read more

RED BEARD (Akira Kurosawa, 1965)
At the end of the Tokugawa Period, a young man returns to Edo after several years' study at a Dutch medical school in Nagasaki. Told to make a formal call at the public clinic and pay his respects to… Read more

SANJURO (Akira Kurosawa, 1962)
A group of young aspiring samurai, all highly serious and idealistic, meet Sanjuro, an older samurai. ... His appearance shocks them. He is dirty, unkempt and sloppy, and his manners at times the ver… Read more

SEVEN SAMURAI (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
To a small village under the hills comes a party of brigands. They stare down, calculate what crops will be there in the Spring. and decide to return as they did last year, As they canter away, a ter… Read more

THE BAD SLEEP WELL (Akira Kurosawa, 1960)
The daughter of the president of a government housing corporation marries her father's secretary. At the wedding ceremony, corruption is hinted at in the corporation; there is a police inquiry, and t… Read more

THE IDIOT (Akira Kurosawa, 1951)
Dostoevsky is Kurosawa's favourite author, and in Prince Myushikin, he admires the character's compassion and near godlike quality. ... In The Idiot, Prince Myushikin becomes a Japanese returning fro… Read more

THE QUIET DUEL (Akira Kurosawa, 1949)
A young doctor contracts syphilis while operating on a soldier during the war. ... On returning to Tokyo, he enters private practice in the family clinic, but has to face the problems of his love for… Read more

YOJIMBO (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
In the middle of the 19th century, at Namome, on a highway north of Edo, crime is rife. Sanjuro, a wandering Samurai, arrives to find the village decimated by some long lasting feud. Hansuke, a petty… Read more

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