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Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998

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

252 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 3,790 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
Ran by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

210 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 2,375 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
Shichinin no samurai = Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

238 editions published between 1953 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 16th century Japanese village hires professional warriors to fend off bandits. When the samurai arrive, a spectacular series of battle begins
Ikiru = To live by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

132 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film examines the struggles of a minor Tokyo bureaucrat and his final quest for meaning. Told in two parts, Ikiru offers the bureaucrats quest in the present and then through a series of flashbacks
Yōjinbō by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

195 editions published between 1961 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 2,177 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 )

107 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,682 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
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

79 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,356 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
Throne of blood by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

155 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,219 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)
Seven samurai( Visual )

11 editions published in 2006 in Japanese and Undetermined and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire seven out-of-work warriors to protect them from invading bandits
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru = Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

80 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features a grieving son, (Toshiro Mifune), who seeks revenge for his father's murder as he infiltrates the corrupt construction company that was responsible for his fathers death
Akahige = Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

94 editions published between 1965 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,049 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
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)( Visual )

12 editions published in 2003 in Japanese and held by 1,017 WorldCat member 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
Norainu = Stray dog by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

75 editions published between 1949 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A murder mystery set in Tokyo in the late 1940's. A rookie detective loses his gun and is afraid it has fallen into the hands of a killer
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

88 editions published between 1948 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 958 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?
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

80 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma
Tsubaki Sanjūrō = Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

18 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nueve samurais, voluntariosos pero incompetentes, están dispuestos a sublevarse contra el señor Mutsuta a quien consideran erróneamente su enemigo. Sanjuro Tsuki, se une a ellos de
Kagemusha( Visual )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry or 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
Last man standing by Walter Hill( Visual )

24 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 750 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
Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

123 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A samurai turns up in a town where nine young men are plotting to overthrow a corrupt regime. He takes charge of the group and attempts to formulate a plan to deceive the old bosses
Waga seishun ni kuinashi = No regrets for our youth by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

39 editions published between 1945 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 667 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

ಅಕಿರಾ ಕುರೋಸಾವಾ ಜಪಾನ್ ಚಿತ್ರ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ

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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RanShichinin no samurai = Seven samuraiIkiru = To liveKakushitoride no san akunin = Hidden fortressThrone of bloodAkahige = Red BeardNorainu = Stray dogKagemushaWaga seishun ni kuinashi = No regrets for our youth