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Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998

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Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

264 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 3,852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man is murdered, his wife is raped by a bandit. Kurosawa uses a stunning flashback technique to tell four different versions of what occurred
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

346 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 3,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 16th century Japan a group of rice farmers decides to take the radical step of hiring a band of mercenaries to defend their rice crop against marauding bandits. The story takes place during a period in Japanese history when society was organized along feudal lines and peasants found themselves victims of both roving samurai and gangs of bandits. Kurosawa portrays 16th century Japan as a society where starvation and calamity are so commonplace that the distinction between bandits and samurai has become blurred. The villagers hire the six ronin, or masterless samurai and one braggart (Mifune) to successfully defend their village, only three of the seven survive. Kurosawa created a visual spectacle in black and white, utilizing fast tracking shots, and quick moving montage for the battle scenes turning a story of feudalism into a modern anti war film. The original version of The Seven Samurai was shown in Tokyo but deemed too long for general release. Shorter versions were eventually released in Japan and the United States. Several years after its release, this film was remade in the United States as The Magnificent Seven starring Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen
Ran by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

225 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 3,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the early 16th century Japan, an ageing ruler, Lord Hidetora, annpounces his intention to divide his land equally among 3 sons. This decision unleashes a power struggle between the 3
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

233 editions published between 1957 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 2,540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Synopsis: One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare into film, Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood re-imagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa's longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall. With Throne of Blood, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh theater to make a Macbeth that is all his own-a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom."--Website
Ikiru = To live by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

188 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The protagonist, Watanabe, discovers that he has cancer and only six months to live. He is forced to appraise his life. He decides that to make his life meaningful he must help others and so he wages a one man battle against the local bureaucracy to reclaim a local wasteland into a playground
Yōjinbō by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

207 editions published between 1961 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 2,200 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 )

164 editions published between 1958 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 2,037 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 )

170 editions published between 1962 and 2017 in 10 languages and held by 1,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

158 editions published between 1979 and 2017 in 10 languages and held by 1,625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Au XVIe siècle, un criminel échappe à la potence à cause de sa ressemblance avec le seigneur d'un clan important, Shingen Takeda. Il doit servir de double à ce seigneur dans les combats et les cérémonies. Lorsque Shingen meurt d'une blessure de guerre, on cache sa mort pendant 3 ans en mettant de l'avant le sosie. Ce répit permet au clan de se consolider en prévision d'un affrontement avec une famille rivale. Son utilité terminée, le sosie, commençant à se prendre au sérieux, est mis carrément à la porte
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

88 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,585 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 )

104 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,512 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 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A testament to the goodness of humankind, Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard (Akahige) chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity, teaching the embittered intern to appreciate the lives of his destitute patients. Perfectly capturing the look and feel of 19th-century Japan, Kurosawa weaves a fascinating tapestry of time, place, and emotion
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru = Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

84 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,108 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
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

100 editions published between 1948 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,003 WorldCat member 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?
Norainu = Stray dog by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

96 editions published between 1949 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 997 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
Les bas-fonds = The lower depths by Jean Renoir( Visual )

96 editions published between 1936 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 997 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 )

113 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 814 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 )

23 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 741 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
Waga seishun ni kuinashi = No regrets for our youth by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

44 editions published between 1945 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 692 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
Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

149 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Russian surveyor mapping Siberian wilderness in the early 1900's becomes friendly with a wily Mongolian hunter
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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 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

ಅಕಿರಾ ಕುರೋಸಾವಾ ಜಪಾನ್ ಚಿತ್ರ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ

അകിര കുറൊസാവ

අකිරා කුරෝසාවා

อะกิระ คุโระซะวะ

အကီရာ ကူရိုဆာဝါ

აკირა კუროსავა

구로사와 아키라

흑택명 1910-1998

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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

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