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Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998

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Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
174 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 3,703 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 )
155 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 3,113 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
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
145 editions published between 1953 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 2,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The setting is 16th Century Japan, where a small farming community appeals to seven very special Samurai Warriors to help them fend off an evil ring of Bandits victimising their crops, their women, and their lives year after year. The farmers wish to either hire the Samurai to fight for them, or to be shown the art of defence. Mifune portrays the latest farmer, yearning to be a true Samurai while Shimura is the Samurai leader (Yul Brynnner in the Hollywood version). Director Kurosawa's almost unbearable violence is skillfully blended with poetic beauty, ironic humour, and the moral code of the Sumurai, leaving the viewer's senses exhausted yet exhilarated throughout. The epic battle scene has been compared with D.W. Griffith's "BIRTH! OF A NATION", by the noted film critic Pauline Kael, acknowledging Kurosawa as one of the greatest film craftsmen ever
Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
100 editions published between 1952 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,913 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
Kumonosujō Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
105 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,869 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)
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
30 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 1,526 WorldCat member 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
Yōjinbō ( Visual )
63 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two violent clans in a Japanese village attempt to hire a samurai warrior in preparation for their future battles
Kagemusha by Tsutomu Yamazaki ( Visual )
92 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 1,503 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
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
58 editions published between 1963 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,229 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 -- should he pay the ransom anyway and risk losing his position?
Dreams by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
37 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Japanese legend, living dolls in a peach orchard, a deadly snow fairy, a haunted war survivor, Van Gogh painting crows, a terrifying nuclear disater, miserly ogres & a village of watermills; 8 powerful moments revealing human nature from the vivid imagination of Akira Kurosawa
Kakushitoride no san akunin by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
30 editions published between 1958 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure, guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants
Tsubaki Sanjūrō Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
74 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 733 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
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
29 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Akira Kurosawa, the acclaimed Japanese director, adopts the American gangster-film style to weave a fascinating tale of corporate greed. The story focuses on 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 father's death
Last man standing by Walter Hill ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 670 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
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
34 editions published between 1948 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 644 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?
Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
77 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Extrait du résumé figurant sur la jaquette : Au cours d'une expédition topographique en 1902 au cœur de la taïga sibérienne, un jeune officier tsariste, Vladimir Arséniev, rencontre un vieux trappeur mongol, Dersou Ouzala, qui va devenir son guide. Deux cultures s'affrontent entre l'explorateur cartographe et le chasseur de zibelines, homme pur et malicieux qui comprend tout de la nature. Tout en assistant Vladimir Arséniev qui deviendra vite son ami dans ses expéditions au fin fond de la taïga d'Oussouri, Dersou lui fait découvrir les secrets de la nature et du monde animal, ainsi que les mœurs et les cultes de la population autochtone
Akahige Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
25 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients
The seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Book )
24 editions published between 1953 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nora inu by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
25 editions published between 1949 and 2011 in Japanese and English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A bad day gets worse for rookie detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo's sweltering streets for the thief, whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, the cop and the criminal's lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami's own dark side --
The Hidden fortress Kakushi toride no san akunin by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
51 editions published between 1958 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kurosawa's energetic samurai film is set in the battle-torn Japan of the distant past. It is populated by martial arts experts, a benevolent patriarch, a villain and a seductive but dangeous princess. Two unlikely soldiers flee following the defeat of their army and accidentally discover a gold bar hidden in some firewood. Before they can retrieve it, an old general appears and enlists them to take a wagon load of gold and a deposed princess to safety in the next province. On the way, they encounter a series of difficulties and adventures. The film exemplifies Kurosawa's vibrant visual style and is said to have been an inspiration for George Lucas' Star Wars
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Alternative Names
Akira Kurosawa.
Hei-tse, Ming
Heize, Ming, 1910-1998
Kurōcāvā, Akirā, 1910-1998
Kurosava, Akira
Kurosava, Akira, 1910-1998
Kurosawa, Akira
Kurosawa, Akira, 1910-
Kurosawa, Akira, 1910-1998
Kūrūsāvā, Ākīrā, 1910-1998
اكيرا كوروساوا، 1910-1998.
کوروساوا، آکيرا, 1910-1998
クロサワ, アキラ
クロサワ, アキラ, 1910-1998
黒沢 明 1910-1998
黒沢明, 1910-1998
黒沢明, 1910-
黒澤, 明
黒澤, 明, 1910-1998
黒澤明, 1910-1998.
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German (54)
Spanish (34)
French (16)
Multiple languages (10)
Italian (3)
Danish (1)
Judeo-Persian (1)
Turkish (1)