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Works: 1,099 works in 2,244 publications in 3 languages and 46,529 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Television adaptations  Fiction  Film and video adaptations  Juvenile works  Samurai films  Animated films  Action and adventure films 
Roles: Producer, Distributor, Publisher
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
32 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in Japanese and English and held by 1,852 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
Ponyo by Hayao Miyazaki ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship before Ponyo's father forces her to return to the sea. Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the balance of nature and only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature's balance and make Ponyo's dreams come true
Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
44 editions published between 1952 and 2011 in Japanese and English and held by 1,686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discovering that he is in the terminal stages of cancer, a clerk spends his last months in search of a meaning to life. After his pursuit of pleasure has failed, he finds fulfillment in bringing about the building of a children's playground in the slums
Kumonosujō Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
35 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 1,572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In medieval Japan, a warlord and his wife stop at nothing in their quest for power. A tale of pride, treachery, ambition and greed that echoes Shakespeare's Macbeth
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
21 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 1,512 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
Kagemusha by Tsutomu Yamazaki ( Visual )
26 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 1,297 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, not the shortened "international version" presented by 20th Century Fox
Yōjinbō ( Visual )
33 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two violent clans in a Japanese village attempt to hire a samurai warrior in preparation for their future battles
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
25 editions published between 1963 and 2011 in Japanese and English and held by 1,158 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?
The cat returns ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In an imaginative and lighthearted tale, a young schoolgirl saves the life of a noble cat and is rewarded with a shocking proposal of marriage - to the Cat King's son - and a fateful journey to the extraordinary Kingdom of Cats
Kakushitoride no san akunin by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1958 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 877 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
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
19 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 684 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
From up on Poppy Hill ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi ... and Shun ... but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart"--Container
James Clavell's shōgun by Jerry London ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Blackthorne is a ship-wrecked English navigator who becomes both an observer and a participant in historic changes in Japan during the Tokugawa, or, Edo period. Toranaga is a feuding warlord vying to become the supreme military dictator, or shōgun. Blackthorne is drawn into the turmoil and becomes determined to be the first foreigner to become a samurai warrior
Gojira Godzilla ( Visual )
19 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk. At first the authorities think its either underwater mines or underwater volcanic activity. The authorities soon head to Odo Island, close to where several of the ships were sunk. One night, something comes onshore and destroys several houses and kills several people. A later expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani, his daughter Emiko and a young navy frogman Hideto Ogata soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164 foot tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well
Tsubaki Sanjūrō Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
26 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 623 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
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1948 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 613 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?
Kaidan by Zhengshu Xiaolin ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in Japanese and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out
Akahige Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients
Sasameyuki by Kon Ichikawa ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Japan, 1938. War is looming on the horizon, but the Makioka sisters are far more concerned with their domestic troubles. The sisters live in Osaka, and are well off, traveling together to view the changing of the seasons--cherry blossoms in Kyoto, brilliant leaves in the fall. Tsuruko and Sachiko, the older two, have been married for quite some time. Tradition demands that they marry in order of their birth, but marrying off the shy, conservative Yukiko is proving difficult. These challenges have been particularly frustrating for youngest sister Taeko, who is eager to marry and move on with her life. A graceful study of a family at a turning point in history, and a poignant evocation of changing times and fading customs
Jūsannin no shikaku ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2011 in Japanese and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thirteen brave samurai must face overwhelming odds in an epic battle against a sadistic lord and his army of 200 to prevent him from plunging Japan into war
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