Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998
Most widely held works about Akira Kurosawa
Most widely held works by Akira Kurosawa
七人の侍 ( Visual )
20 editions published between 1954 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 1,755 libraries worldwide
This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors.
羅生門 ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1952 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 1,546 libraries worldwide
Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit.
Rashomon ( Visual )
73 editions published between 1950 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,213 libraries worldwide
Four people involved in the murder of a gentleman in feudal Japan and the seduction of his wife report differing views of what actually happened.
乱 ( Visual )
82 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in 7 languages and held by 1,181 libraries worldwide
An aging warlord decides to split his kingdom between his three sons, who will live in three separate castles. The two eldest sons are quite happy, but the youngest thinks his father has gone mad, and predicts that it won't be long until the two older brothers are fighting with each other.
乱 ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 1,114 libraries worldwide
In 16th century Japan, an aging ruler attempts to divide his kingdom among his three sons, who turn against each other and betray their father, triggering events that ultimately shatter the kingdom, destroy the family, and drive their father insane.
蜘蛛巢城 Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in Japanese and held by 1,066 libraries worldwide
Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. Tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy.
Something like an autobiography by Akira Kurosawa ( Book )
57 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 1,009 libraries worldwide
"Akira Kurosawa, l'auteur de Rashomon, des Sept samouraïs, de Kagemusha, de Ran, raconte sa vie d'enfant, de jeune homme, puis de cinéaste débutant dans le Japon de l' ère Taisho (1912-1926), de la guerre et de l'après-guerre.
生きる ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 886 libraries worldwide
Discovering that he is in the terminal stages of cancer, a clerk spends his last months in search of the meaning to life. After his pursuit of pleasure has failed, he finds self-realization in bringing about the building of a children's playground in the slums and dies quietly fulfilled.
七人の侍 Seven samurai ( Visual )
75 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 835 libraries worldwide
A 16th century Japanese village hires professional warriors to fend off bandits.
椿三十郎 Sanjuro ( Visual )
59 editions published between 1962 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 764 libraries worldwide
A skilled but slovenly ronin comes to the aid of a group of naive young warriors fighting their corrupt clan leaders and manages to keep them out of trouble and alive in spite of their high ideals.
Dreams ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in Japanese and held by 763 libraries worldwide
Eight episodes exploring many aspects of humankind and man's need to harmonize with nature. Based on Akira Kurosawa's actual dreams.
影武者 ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 753 libraries worldwide
Reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a soaring historical epic about a peasant impersonating a nobleman in battle. Kagemusha is presented in its original 180 min. uncut Japanese version, not the shortened "international version" presented by 20th Century Fox.
Yojimbo The bodyguard ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 667 libraries worldwide
In the year 1860, a wandering samurai-for-hire turns the war between two clans fighting for control of a small town to his own advantage. A satire on greed, violence, paranoia and human weakness. Includes theatrical trailer.
Yojimbo ( Visual )
53 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 660 libraries worldwide
A wandering Samurai-for-hire eventually finds a dramatic solution to the problems of a town with two warring clans.
The seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Book )
17 editions published between 1954 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 640 libraries worldwide
Enth.: Ikiru ; Seven Samurai ; Throne of blood.
隠し砦の三悪人 ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in Japanese and held by 636 libraries worldwide
A princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure, guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants.
天国と地獄 ( Visual )
24 editions published between 1963 and 2010 in Japanese and Undetermined and held by 605 libraries worldwide
A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy Japanese shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma.
悪い奴ほどよく眠る ( Visual )
23 editions published between 1960 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 571 libraries worldwide
A young executive hunts down his father's killer. A tale about corruption in the boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan as seen through the rising executive eyes.
赤ひげ Red Beard ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 569 libraries worldwide
A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients.
醉いどれ天使 Drunken angel ( Visual )
25 editions published between 1948 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 504 libraries worldwide
Dr. Sanada is an alcoholic, in part due to the despair that constantly assails him as he tries to keep the inhabitants of a post-World War II Tokyo slum as healthy as possible. Food and medical supplies are scarce, the neighborhood is around an open sewer, and the only place to buy medicines is the black market-- controlled by the Yakuza. Matsunaga, a young yakuza with a violent temper, seeks Sanada's help to remove a bullet from his hand, but Matsunaga's cough catches the doctor's attention. What follows is a wrestling match for Matsunaga's life. Will he follow Sanada's instructions and make the smart, healthy decision, or will he let the fabled yakuza code of honor destroy him?
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Akira Kurosawa 1910-1998
Heize, Ming, 1910-1998
Kurōcāvā, Akirā, 1910-1998
Kurosava, Akira, 1910-1998
Kurosawa, Akira, 1910-
Kūrūsāvā, Ākīrā, 1910-1998
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اكيرا كوروساوا، 1910-1998.
کوروساوا، آکيرا, 1910-1998
黒澤明, 1910-1998黒澤, 明
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