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Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998

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Most widely held works by Akira Kurosawa
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

250 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 3,835 WorldCat member 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
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

330 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 3,803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a group of Japanese farmers who hire seven professional swordsmen, or samurai, to protect them from the yearly raids of bandits
Ran by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

198 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 3,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 16th century Japan, Lord hidetora, 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
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

226 editions published between 1957 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 2,538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 16th century Japan, Toshiro Mifune as Macbeth plays a simple soldier, full of exuberance and fire. The samurai is goaded by his wife and a spirit to murder his friend and his lord. Kurosawa's film is noteworthy for its eeerie atmospherics and powerful use of elements derived from Noh theatre. (Circulates)
Ikiru = To live by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

177 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa's greatest achievement, Ikirupresents the director at his most compassionate, affirming life through an exploration of a man's death. Takashi Shimura portrays Kanji Watanabe, an aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer forced to strip the veneer off his existence and find meaning in his final days. Told in two parts, Ikiru offers Watanabe's quest in the present, and then through a series of flashbacks. The result is a multifaceted look at a life through a prism of perspectives, resulting in a full portrait of a man who lacked understanding from others in life
Yōjinbō by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

194 editions published between 1961 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a flea bitten, dusty Japanese town, a ronin (unemployed samurai) finds himself in the middle of a feud between two warring mafia's. On one side of town a local silk merchant is building a small army, while on the other, a sake merchant is hiring anybody who can carry a sword. The two merchants engage in a bidding war to employ the services of the itinerant samurai, but he has his own plans. Disgusted by both sides, the samurai, (Mifune) instigates a war between the two factions and with great pleasure sits in the town's bell tower watching them cut each other to pieces. After freeing the daughter of a local villager from bondage, he leaves the town in search of further exploits. Yojimbo was the inspiration for several Sergio Leone films including the Clint Eastwood vehicle, A Fistful of Dollars which was made a few years later. Kurosawa portrays 19th century Japan as a society where corruption and calamity are so commonplace that the distinction between bandits and samurai have become blurred. Kurosawa was one of the few Japanese directors who was allowed to work with relative creative freedom, his early films were consistently commercially successful, as was the case with Yojimbo. Kurosawa's films along with his contemporaries Ozu, Mizoguchi, and Ichikawa raised Japanese cinema onto the world stage in the period immediately after World War II
Kakushitoride no san akunin = Hidden fortress by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

160 editions published between 1958 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 2,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story of rival clans, hidden gold and a princess in distress, The Hidden Fortress is a thrilling mix of fairy story and samurai action movie. It was Kurosawa's first film shot in the widescreen process of Tohoscope, and he exploited this to the full in the film's rich variety of landscape locations, including the slopes of Mount Fuji
Tsubaki Sanjūrō = Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

156 editions published between 1962 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Samurai rescues three kidnap victims: the town chamberlain, his wife, and their daughter
Kagemusha by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

145 editions published between 1979 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A condemned thief is rescued from the gallows because of his uncanny resemblance to the powerful warlord Shingen Takeda. When Takeda dies in battle he is replaced by his Kagemusha (or double), who eventually becomes a great leader. Set in 16th century Japan
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

80 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Akira Kurosawa's dreams is one of the most visionary, deeply personal works in the 60-year career of the master behind Rashomon, The Seven Samurai and Ran. Comprised of eight episodes rich in imagery and insight (and featuring Scorsese as Vincent Van Gogh), it explores the costs of war, the perils of nuclear power and especially humankind's need to harmonize with nature. You will be enchanted ... and enthralled
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

101 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Toshiro Mifune stars as a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a ruthless kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa's exemplary film noir. Based on Ed McBain's detective novel King's Ransom, High and Low is both a riveting thriller and a brilliant commentary on contemporary Japanese society. Criterion is proud to present High and Low in a luminous new Tohoscope transfer with new electronic subtitles."--Website
Akahige = Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

115 editions published between 1965 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epic medical saga set in 19th-century Japan, in which an arrogant young doctor learns the true challenge of fighting for good in an evil world
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru = Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

82 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nishi, a salaryman who marries his boss' lame daughter with the aim of exacting revenge on his father-in-law for his own father's death at the hands of the company. A suit-and-tie film noir, Kurosawa aims directly at the black heart of capitalism and the dark conformism of corporate Japan. Summary from container insert
Norainu = Stray dog by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

93 editions published between 1949 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ambientada en el Japón de la posguerra, el encuentro del maestro Kurosawa con dos de sus actores preferidos -Mifune y Shimura- se saldó con excelentes críticas. Con la estructura del thriller americano y los convencionalismos japoneses, el film narra la historia de un joven detective al que roban su pistola. Agobiado por un sentimiento de deshonor más que de pérdida, emprenderá una frenética e incansable búsqueda para recuperarlo, descendiendo a los bajos fondos de Tokyo junto a un veterano compañero
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

97 editions published between 1948 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1945, following the end of Pacific War, most of Japan's large towns were vast heaps of ashes and rubble. The virtual bacilli of society were thriving around the black markets. Among the rubble lived an old doctor prctising for the benefit of the poor. As a young man he had ruined himself hrought fas living, but is now a ovable old humanitarian, operating a clinic with the help of a nurse whom he rescued from misery. -- Cover
Les bas-fonds = The lower depths by Jean Renoir( Visual )

58 editions published between 1936 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donzoko (125 min.): Sutekichi, a vulgar, comical thief takes up residence in a slum flophouse inhabited by many eccentric, destitute people. Osugi, the cruel landlady, and her sister, Okayo, both desire him, and fight each other over him. Set in Edo-period Japan
Dodesuka-den by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

109 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film, the title of which seeks to reproduce the sound of a trolley in motion, is Kurosawa's first motion picture in color. Weaving together the lives of a group of Tokyo slum dwellers with a mixture of reality and fantasy, Kurosawa gives an impassioned affirmation to life and to man's overcoming his adversities through hope and dreams. (Does not circulate)
Last man standing by Walter Hill( Visual )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Smith is a mysterious stranger who is drawn into a vicious war between two rival crime families. In a dangerous game, he switches allegiances between them, offering his services to the highest bidder. As the death toll mounts, he takes the law into his own hands in a deadly race to remain the last man standing
Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

148 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In eastern Siberia, 1902, a native hunter befriends the leader of a Russian mapping expedition and becomes its guide and primitive philosopher
Waga seishun ni kuinashi = No regrets for our youth by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

43 editions published between 1945 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story of feminist self-discovery set in pre-war Japan. A woman breaks conventions by striking out on her own and being self-sufficient
 
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Akira Kurosava

Akira, Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa 1910-1998

Akira Kurosawa cineasta japonés

Akira Kurosawa cineasta xaponés

Akira Kurosawa cinéaste japonais

Akira Kurosawa director, produtor e guionista de cine xaponés

Akira Kurosawa Hapon nga arag-aramid ti pelikula

Akira Kurosawa Japanese film maker

Akira Kurosawa Japanese movie director

Akira Kurosawa japanilainen elokuvaohjaaja

Akira Kurosawa japanischer Regisseur

Akira Kurosawa Japannese regisseur

Akira Kurosawa Japans filmregisseur

Akira Kurosawa japoński reżyser, scenarzysta i producent filmowy

Akira Kurosawa japonský filmový režisér

Akira Kurosawa regista, sceneggiatore, montatore, produttore cinematografico e scrittore giapponese

Hei-tse, Ming

Hei-tse, Ming 1910-1998

Heize, Ming 1910-1998

Het-chhe̍t Mìn

Kurōcāvā, Akirā 1910-1998

Kurosava, Akira.

Kurosava, Akira 1910-1998

Kurosawa.

Kurosawa A.

Kurosawa A. 1910-1998

Kurosawa, Akira

Kurosawa, Akira 1910-

Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998

Kuroszava Akira

Kūrūsāvā, Ākīrā 1910-1998

Kuruzawa, Akira

Ακίρα Κουροσάβα Ιάπωνας σκηνοθέτης

Κουροσαβα, Ακιρα

Акира Куросава

Акира Куросава японский кинорежиссёр, сценарист и продюсер

Акіра Курасава

Акіра Куросава

Куросава А

Куросава А. 1910-1998

Куросава, Акира

Куросава Акіра

Күросава Акира

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אקירא קוראסאווא

אקירה קורוסאווה

קורוסאווה, אקירה 1910-1998

آكيرا كورو ساوا

اكيرا كوروساوا

اكيرا كوروساوا، 1910-1998

اکیرا کروساوا

اکیرا کوروساوا

آکیرا کوروساوا فیلمنامه‌نویس، تدوینگر، تهیه‌کننده، و کارگردان ژاپنی

كوروساوا، أكيرا

ئاکیرا کورۆساوا

کوروساوا، آکيرا 1910-1998

अकिरा कुरोसावा

আকিরা কুরোসাওয়া

আকিৰা কুৰোছাৱা

ਅਕੀਰਾ ਕੁਰੋਸਾਵਾ

அகிரா குரோசாவா

అకిరా కురొసావా

ಅಕಿರಾ ಕುರೋಸಾವಾ

അകിര കുറൊസാവ

අකිරා කුරෝසාවා

อะกิระ คุโระซะวะ

အကီရာ ကူရိုဆာဝါ

აკირა კუროსავა

구로사와 아키라

흑택명 1910-1998

አኪራ ኩሮሳዋ

ᎠᎩᎳ ᎫᎶᏌᏩ

クロサワ, アキラ

クロサワ, アキラ 1910-1998

黒澤, 明

黒澤, 明 1910-1998

黒澤明 1910-1998

黒澤明 日本の映画監督

黑澤明 日本電影導演

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Seven samuraiRanKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)Ikiru = To liveKakushitoride no san akunin = Hidden fortressKagemushaAkahige = Red BeardNorainu = Stray dogWaga seishun ni kuinashi = No regrets for our youth