Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa To Receive Posthumous Writers Guild Award

25th January 2013 -

 News

Japanese director Akira Kurosawa is set to be posthumously honoured by the Writers Guild of America (Wga) alongside three of his longtime collaborators.The filmmaker, who passed away in 1998, will be named the recipient of...

Zack Snyder Responds To Star Wars Speculation

15th January 2013 -

 News

Zack Snyder has denied he is in ''any way'' involved with the new 'Star Wars' movies. The 'Man Of Steel' filmmaker was suspected to be helming the new Walt Disney chapter of George Lucas' iconic...

Zack Snyder denies involvement with Star Wars

15th January 2013 -

 News

Zack Snyder has confirmed he is not involved with the new 'Star Wars' films.The 'Man of Steel' filmmaker was previously rumoured to be directing 'Star Wars Episode 7' after Walt Disney bought the franchise from...

Classic Films To Debut On Hulu Plus

16th February 2011 -

 News

Some of the greatest films ever produced will now become available for streaming on Hulu Plus, the $7.99-per-month subscription service launched last year by Hulu, the company owned jointly by Disney/ABC, Comcast/NBC Universal, News Corp./Fox,...

Sanjuro

28th May 2009 -

 Movie Review

One of the biggest hits in Akira Kurosawa's film career was 1961's Yojimbo, the genre smasher with Toshiro Mifune's instantly legendary performance as Sanjuro, that shambling and bedraggled ronin who roams the countryside looking for...

Dodes'ka-Den

14th April 2009 -

 Movie Review

Dodes'ka-den, Akira Kurosawa's first color film, premiered in New York in the summer of 1971 to mixed reviews and, even for foreign fare, lousy box office. A major argument held that the filmmaker simply didn't...

The Hidden Fortress

6th April 2009 -

 Movie Review

Long ago and far, far away, in a worn-torn feudal Japan, two graspingly venal peasant stooges, Tahei (Minoru Chaiki) and Matakishi (Kamatari Fujiwara), have escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp and are trying to get back...

Spielberg & Scorsese Mark Kurosawa's 99th Birthday With Special Messages

20th March 2009 -

 News

STEVEN SPIELBERG and MARTIN SCORSESE will toast what would have been late moviemaker AKIRA KUROSAWA's 99th birthday at a gala in his honour on Monday (23Mar09). The two directors have recorded emotional video messages which will...

High and Low

19th February 2009 -

 Movie Review

"Don't get too close, but don't take your eyes off him!" exhorts Chief Detective Tokura (Tatsuya Nakadai) to one of his assistants in Akira Kurosawa's intense crime drama High and Low. Tokura could just as...

Yojimbo

22nd January 2007 -

 Movie Review

Kurosawa's "Japanese Western" features the oft-retold tale of a sword-toting samurai in 1600s feudal Japan who finds himself without a master. He then sells his services to both sides of warring village, with rather...

Throne of Blood

15th January 2007 -

 Movie Review

Akira Kurosawa's Throne on Blood is primarily known for one great scene at the very end that involves the famous actor Toshiro Mifune and about one hundred arrows. Up to that point, though, it is...

The Sea Is Watching

15th January 2007 -

 Movie Review

The art film world is watching... to see if this movie made from a screenplay by Japan's most eminent auteur, Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood), will bear the stamp of the master....

Ran

4th January 2007 -

 Movie Review

The average movie enthusiast has probably heard the name Akira Kurosawa mentioned with reverence in pretentious film-snob circles or in almost any film school, but chances are the average movie enthusiast probably hasn't bothered to...

Seven Samurai

23rd November 2006 -

 Movie Review

There's probably no point heaping more praise on Seven Samurai after 52 years worth of critics have already done so, but what the hell, here's a little more love for the film.Akira Kurosawa had about...

Ran

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

The average movie enthusiast has probably heard the name Akira Kurosawa mentioned with reverence in pretentious film-snob circles or in almost any film school, but chances are the average movie enthusiast probably hasn't bothered to...

Throne of Blood

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Akira Kurosawa's Throne on Blood is primarily known for one great scene at the very end that involves the famous actor Toshiro Mifune and about one hundred arrows. Up to that point, though, it is...

Stray Dog

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

The tone of Akira Kurosawa's blistering 1949 film noir Stray Dog is set in its opening shot: Over Fumio Hayasaka's sake-drunk, Elmer Bernstein-derived score, a dog pants, tongue lolling to the side in tight close-up,...

Rashomon

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Not many films have earned the mandate of comparison any time a similarly-structured movie follows it, but any time a modern film is told from multiple perspectives, Rashomon is referenced. It has to be.Akira...

Yojimbo

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Kurosawa's "Japanese Western" features the oft-retold tale of a sword-toting samurai in 1600s feudal Japan who finds himself without a master. He then sells his services to both sides of warring village, with rather...

The Sea Is Watching

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

The art film world is watching... to see if this movie made from a screenplay by Japan's most eminent auteur, Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood), will bear the stamp of the master....

Madadayo

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

It seems only fitting that Akira Kurosawa's last film (which he wrote and directed) be an homage to teaching. After all, he inspired many of today's respected directors and is taught in film schools...

Red Beard

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

I'd never heard of Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard before the Criterion DVD showed up in the mail, but judging from the cover and the talent appearing in it, I expected a swashbuckling samurai flick --...

The Lower Depths (1957)

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

"If work made life easy, I'd do it." So says one of the residents of the flophouse that serves as the setting for Akira Kurosawa's 1957 adaptation of Maxim Gorky's The Lower Depths. In fact,...

Kagemusha

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Before the epic rancor of Ran, Akira Kurosawa told a more intimate, but no less tragic story with Kagemusha. Also set in feudal Japan, but based on real events, the film tells the tale of...

Ikiru

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

Viewers familiar with Akira Kurosawa's samurai movies will be shocked to see Ikiru, the Japanese master's meditation on post-WWII society in urban Tokyo.Takashi Shimura plays Kanji Watanabe, an office worker who lives his life without...

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

1st November 2005 -

 Movie Review

At the risk of sounding disrespectful to one of filmmaking's masters, Akira Kurosawa couldn't dream his way out of a paper bag.Based on Akira Kurosawa's Dreams -- a film consisting of, you guessed it, a...

Spielberg Voted Best Director

2nd June 2005 -

 News

Legendary film-maker STEVEN SPIELBERG has been voted the greatest director of all time. Spielberg - the talent behind huge blockbuster hits including SCHINDLER'S LIST, E.T., CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND and SAVING PRIVATE...

Scorsese And DiCaprio To Team Up Again?

11th February 2005 -

 News

MARTIN SCORSESE and LEONARDO DiCAPRIO are fast becoming Hollywood's new power duo after signing on to make yet another movie together. Scorsese has directed the movie hunk in epics THE GANGS OF NEW YORK...

Scorsese And DiCaprio To Team Up Again?

10th February 2005 -

 News

MARTIN SCORSESE and LEONARDO DiCAPRIO are fast becoming Hollywood's new power duo after signing on to make yet another movie together. Scorsese has directed the movie hunk in epics THE GANGS OF NEW YORK...

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