Akira Kurosawa

Yojimbo 30 July 2008

Section: kurosawa

Categories: Film / dvd-mine

Watched this film yet again; when I am at a low point I feel drawn to it, or to The Seven Samurai, which I also watched again recently but did not enter here.

Yojimbo, Akira Kurosawa

  • Title: Yojimbo
  • Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
  • Writing credits: Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa
  • Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Eijiro Tono
  • Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa
  • Year: 1961

The Magnificent Seven 16 December 2006

Section: kurosawa

Categories: Film / dvd

I read one review of the 2001 DVD release of this film which criticizes it from a political perspective and makes some good points, describing the seven main characters as ...a Peace Corps /Green Berets combo (link →). He points out that Americans with guns, it’s been proven time and again, cross the border to defend American interests, and not for charity. But these characters crossed the border to get away from America, from the law, from their past. Anyway, he is being a bit dogmatic. The film has some positive qualities: as he said, Westerns really are about politics and this one diverges from most in that it does try, in a sometimes awkward way, to deal with both racism and class contradictions.

  • Title: The Magnificent Seven
  • Directed by: John Sturges
  • Writing credits: Walter Newman and William Roberts
  • Starring: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Horst Buchholz, Brad Dexter
  • Cinematography: Charles Lang
  • Year: 1960
  • Further details: Color, 128m.

Kagemusha 18 September 2005

Section: kurosawa

Categories: Film / dvd-mine

This film was the one I missed during the Kurosawa retrospective here in Frankfurt in 2003/2004. It is striking for its balance of a relatively simple story as a epic production.

Title: Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior)

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Written by: Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu, Hideji Otaki, Daisuke Ryu, Masayuki Yui…

Year: 1980

  • Title: Kagemusha

A site dedicated to the film Dersu Uzala 4 February 2005

Section: kurosawa

Categories: Mention

I was touched to find out that a recent entry of mine on the film Dersu Uzala has been quoted in a heartfelt and poetic site dedicated to the film.

The main menu of the website, which is in Polish, Russian and English, is at:

  • Title: A site dedicated to the film Dersu Uzala