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Works: 1,128 works in 2,353 publications in 3 languages and 47,538 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Film and video adaptations  Television adaptations  Fiction  Adventure stories  Juvenile works  Samurai films  Animated films 
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Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
35 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in Japanese and English and held by 1,833 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 )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,830 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 )
45 editions published between 1952 and 2011 in Japanese and English and held by 1,695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discovering that he is in the terminal stages of cancer, a clerk spends his last months in search of the meaning to life. After his pursuit of pleasure has failed, he finds self-realization in bringing about the building of a children's playground in the slums and dies quietly fulfilled
Kumonosujō Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
36 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. A Samurai lord kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy
Yōjinbō ( Visual )
53 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Director Akira Kurosawa's influential 1961 effort, an action-packed, sometimes humorous reconception of the individualistic loner from the American Western, stars Mifune, the director's leading man of choice, as a samurai-for-hire who becomes involved in a dispute between two warring factions in a small village
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1984 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 1,312 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 1,300 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
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
20 editions published between 1963 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 1,147 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 by Hiroyuki Morita ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2005 in English and Japanese and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Haru, a schoolgirl, saves a cat's life. To her surprise it is the prince of cats, and she is allowed to enter his kingdom and be his bride
From up on Poppy Hill ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 802 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
Kakushitoride no san akunin by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one. A general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director's most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas's Star Wars. Delivers Kurosawa's trademark deft blend of wry humor, and breathtaking action
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
18 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 765 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
Gojira Godzilla ( Visual )
23 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 674 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
James Clavell's shōgun by Jerry London ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 662 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
Tsubaki Sanjūrō by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1962 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A group of young men set out to clean up the corruption in their town. They are joined by a scruffy, cynical samurai who doesn't fit their concept of how a warrior should look and act
Tsubaki Sanjūrō Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
27 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Samurai rescues three kidnap victims: the town chamberlain, his wife, and their daughter
Akahige Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1965 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients
Kaidan ( 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
Nora inu by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 583 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 --
Sasameyuki by Kon Ichikawa ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 583 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
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