26 search results for Akira Kurosawa


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    On this day in pop culture history: ‘Moulin Rogue!’ opened in theaters

    Type: Article | Date: Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016

    Plus: A 50-year landmark for ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ a ‘Peanuts’ first, and more
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    Denzel Washington may mount up for 'Magnificent Seven' remake

    Type: Article | Date: Thursday, Jun 5, 2014

    'Training Day's' Antoine Fuqua in talks to direct script from 'True Detective' creator
  • AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009

    Includes:Sanshiro Sugata (1943) The Most Beautiful (1944) The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945) Sanshiro Sugata 2 (1945) No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) One Wonderful Sunday (1947) Drunken Angel (1948) Stray Dog (1949) Scandal (1950) The Idiot (1951) Rashomon (1951) Ikiru (1952) Seven Samurai (1954) Record of a Living Being (1955) The Lower Depths (1957) Throne of Blood (1957) The Hidden Fortress (1958) The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Yojimbo (1961) High and Low (1962) Sanjuro (1962) Red Beard (1965) Dodes'ka-Den (1970) Kagemusha (1980), MPAA Rating: PG Madadayo (1993) Sanshiro Sugata This first effort by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa was originally released as Sanshiro Sugata . The film, made under reasonably smooth conditions despite the war, is based on a best-selling novel about the creation of Judo. Most of the film explores the relationship between the creator of this form of self-defense and his faithful protege. In addition to establishing the reputation of Kurosawa, the film made a popular star of Susumu Fujita. Sanshiro Sugata was remade by Shigeo Tanaka in 1955 and again by Seiichuro Uchikawa ten years later. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Most Beautiful Following up on his successful directorial debut, soon-to-be cinematic master Akira Kurosawa helms this war-era melodrama about female factory workers dutifully toiling for the greater good of the Imperial war effort. Under the watchful eye of their paternalistic factory manager (played by Kurosawa regular Takeshi Shimura), the young women workers fight through their own trials and tribulations to produce high-quality optical equipment factory under extremely spartan, almost militaristic conditions. One lass (Takako Irie) gets ill and is forced to convalesce over her own objections. Another insists on continuing with her work after falling and breaking her leg. Still another is desperately trying to hide her tuberculosis so she can stay on the assembly line. The shift leader (Yoko Yaguchi), whose mother is dying at home with no one to care for her, struggles to set a good example for her underlings and struggles to find a mislaid half-finished lens. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail Akira Kurosawa's Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail was put together at the last minute when Kurosawa's plan to direct a costume picture called Doko Kono Yari fell through (the producer couldn't get any horses!) Utilizing the costumes, sets and actors already commissioned, Kurosawa spent one long evening writing a screenplay based on the old Kabuki piece Kanjincho. The central character, a dimwitted porter who almost causes the film's plot to go awry, was played by Enoken, a stage actor and longtime personal favorite of Kurosawa's. Originally titled Tora no o o fumu Otokotachi, Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail was impressive enough for English-filmmaker Michael Powell to request permission to remake it on a larger scale (he never did). Completed in 1945, the film was not generally released until 1952. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Sanshiro Sugata 2 This 1945 Japanese film by renowned director Akira Kurosawa, is a sequel to its better known predecessor, Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Both concern the relationship between Shogoro Yano (Denjiro Okochi), the founder of the martial arts discipline of Judo, and Sanshiro Sugata (Susumu Fujita), one of his principal students. Like many such relationships, this one is shown to be a blend of the spiritual and the intimately personal. As the film was made during World War II, it not surprisingly contains vignettes in which Europeans are made to appear extraordinarily piggish and vulgar. This film was re-released in a slightly shorter, re-edited and subtitled version in 1981 and was first seen in the U.S. at the Film Forum in New York City in 1989. It is of interest both as a tightly-crafted martial arts master-and-student film, and as an early example of Kurosawa's mature style. ~ Clarke Fountain, A
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    Chris Pratt might saddle up with Denzel Washington in 'Magnificent Seven'

    Type: Article | Date: Thursday, Dec 4, 2014

    'Training Day's' Antoine Fuqua is directing remake of 1960 Steve McQueen classic
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    Zack Snyder developing stand-alone 'Star Wars' film inspired by 'Seven Samurai'?

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Jan 14, 2013

    Kurosawa and 'Star Wars' have always gone hand-in-hand
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    'Seven Samurai' to 'Anchorman': The greatest actor/director teams in movie history

    Type: Post | Date: Saturday, Jan 10, 2015

    How has brought out the best in Joaquin Phoenix, Uma Thurman, Mel Brooks and Scorsese?
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    This year's foreign Oscar race reflects a growingly global medium

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Sep 20, 2012

    Certain strong contenders would not have been eligible a few years ago
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    DVD & Games Forecast: Clint Eastwood's career gets boxed and 'Aliens Vs. Predator' fights once more

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010

    'GoodFellas' turns Blu at 20 and Criterion does 'Lola Montes,' 'Revenche,' and 'Hunger'
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    The Morning Read: Noah Baumbach, Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich and 'A Squirrel To The Nuts'

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Oct 29, 2010

    Plus Halloween silliness from around the Internet
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    Dear Hollywood, 'The Magnificent Seven' proves y'all CAN care about inclusion

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016

    See? They CAN be taught!
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