Pick your movie of the week: Akira Kurosawa! (July 17-23/15)

Ok, many of you are wondering, “Who the blazes is Akira Kurosawa??” He was a Japanese filmmaker, but you’re probably still wondering why these old movies of his are the theme this week. Well, he was highly influential in movie making and is a bona fide legend (admittedly an overused term, but it’s true in this case). If you’ve never seen any of these movies, pick the one that to you has the best hook of a storyline:


1. Rashomon (1950, IMDb #98)

2. Ikiru (1952, IMDb #129)

3. Seven Samurai (1954, IMDb #20)

4. Yojimbo (1961, IMDb #108)




6 thoughts on “Pick your movie of the week: Akira Kurosawa! (July 17-23/15)

  1. This is one of my favourite directors. Turner Classic Movies has been slowly showing a lot of Kurosawa films on Monday mornings. To think that he was making films in the wake of WWII and dealing with the changes in his society as is seen in Ikaru, which has one of the most touching/haunting final scenes in film history, is a testament to his creativity and storytelling. Like Hollywood of it’s day, he employed a regular cast of actors so that when you watch more than one of his films you start to recognize them as old friends.
    The Magnificent Seven is a remake of The Seven Samuri, Last Man Standing with Bruce Willis is a remake of Yojimbo, and George Lucas credits The Hidden Fortress as part inspiration for Star Wars. If you live in a city with an art cinema reprints are shown regularly. The strikes against him are black and white, samuri, subtitled, and can be long. I would rather sit through a Kurosawa than most formulaic, lazy sequels that Hollywood passes off as entertainment. I watched Ikaru with the English subtitles on and the commentary to understand the cultural significance of the film. Consult your public library and see if you can get a hold of any of these films, Criterion Collection offers wonderful prints but can be pricey if you are considering buying.

    My choice is Seven Samuri.
    Best scene with a dog- Yojimbo as the Samuri enters the town. You’ll know it when you see it.
    Most human portrayal of a man dealing with cancer- Ikaru

    Give any of his movies a try, he even ‘Samuried’ Shakespeare.

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