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Kurosawa (2001)

Cast: Sam Shepard, Sam Shepard, Paul Scofield, more...
Director: Adam Low, Adam Low
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Wellspring Media
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Biographies, UK
Running Time: 215 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Akira Kurosawa was arguably the most important Japanese filmmaker who ever lived; he was certainly among the most revered and most influential. His award-winning feature Rashomon was one of the first major international successes in Japanese filmmaking, convincing many western cineastes for the first time that Japan had a national cinema worth investigating, and his subsequent body of work -- including Ikiru, The Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood, Yojimbo, and Ran -- is emotionally rich and esthetically compelling in a way few filmmakers can match. Kurosawa is a documentary which explores the personal and professional lives of this giant of world cinema, including interviews with his friends, family, contemporaries, actors, fellow filmmakers, and noted cinema historians -- and in archival clips, Kurosawa himself. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Kurosawa Akira by TaoG April 8, 2005 - 11:28 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Kurosawa is loosely based on "Something Like an Autobiography" (Kurosawa's self-titled autobiography) and is less interesting than Kurosawa's own cinematic-like style of writing. However, some of the most compelling and touching insites into Kurosawa's as a man and his artistic process are in the 90 minutes of bonus interview footage edited by Teruyo Nogami, Kurosawa's longtime script editor. That's where I felt my "spine start to tingle"; the feeling Kurosawa often referred to when he would create, stumble upon, envision, or capture a magic moment on film.

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