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Centennial Celebration: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Part I

 

This is an Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!

 

Co-presented with the UCLA Film & Television Archive

 

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The American Cinematheque joins the UCLA Film & Television Archive for a two-part retrospective celebrating the career of one of cinema’s most inventive and artful masters, Akira Kurosawa. Enraptured with the works of classic Hollywood director John Ford, Kurosawa skillfully borrowed elements from American genre films and wove them into the elegant tapestry of his Japanese works, which range from contemporary noirs to epic period pieces. Some of his greatest films include RASHOMON, THE SEVEN SAMURAI and RAN, though these three stunners hardly account for the entirety of his oeuvre, which spanned decades. Kurosawa's career as a director featured a long-running professional relationship with actor Toshiro Mifune, whose charismatic, hyperbolic presence illuminated many of Kurosawa's best films.

Please join us for a retrospective of Kurosawa’s work, co-presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, which also will include screenings of DODES’KA-DEN, STRAY DOG, HIGH AND LOW, KAGEMUSHA, HIDDEN FORTRESS, YOJIMBO, SANJURO and I LIVE IN FEAR.

Please check the UCLA Film & Television Archive website for the schedule of Centennial Celebration: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Part II taking place this summer at UCLA (/www.cinema.ucla.edu). The program will include such masterworks as IKIRU, THRONE OF BLOOD and RED BEARD.

Special Offer on Kurosawa Box Set:

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Akira Kurosawa, the Criterion Collection has created the gorgeous collector's set AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa. And for a limited time, you can save money on your purchase while supporting the American Cinematheque.

Buy AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa at www.criterion.com, enter the code AMCINE at the prompt, and you'll not only save 25% off the retail price of $399.95, you'll be making a $25 contribution to the American Cinematheque.

This deluxe, linen-bound set includes timeless masterpieces from one of cinema's greatest directors, films like Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and High and Low. Featuring twenty-five of the films he made over the course of his fifty years in movies—from samurai epics to postwar noirs to Shakespeare adaptations—AK 100 is the most complete set of his works ever released in this country, and includes four rare films that have never been available on DVD.

To take advantage of this special offer, shop at criterion.com and enter the code AMCINE at checkout. Criterion will take 25% off the cost of the boxset and send $25 to the American Cinematheque.

 

Friday, May 14 – 7:30 PM

New 35 mm! RAN, 1985, Rialto Pictures, 160 min. In Akira Kurosawa's epic and existential samurai/Noh theater rendition of Shakespeare's "King Lear," a once-merciless and bloodthirsty Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai) leaves his kingdom to his three sons. As Hidetora attempts to enjoy retirement in his twilight years, he is dropped into a nightmarish hell when filial squabbling and betrayal erupts. In Japanese with English subtitles. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, May 15 – 7:30 PM

THE SEVEN SAMURAI (SHICHININ NO SAMURAI), 1954, Janus Films, 207 min. Director Akira Kurosawa’s character-driven masterpiece about an aging swordsman (Takashi Shimura) who enlists six other warriors-for-hire (among them Toshiro Mifune) to safeguard a remote village plagued by bandits. In Japanese with English subtitles.Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Sunday, May 16 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: STRAY DOG (NORA INU), 1949, Janus Films, 122 min. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. When young police detective Toshiro Mifune’s gun is lifted from him on a bus, his frenzied efforts to find the responsible homicidal fugitive leaves the viewer breathless. In Japanese with English subtitles.

HIGH AND LOW (TENGOKU TO JIGOKU), 1963, Janus Films, 142 min. Kurosawa examines social class barriers and the harsh realities of unprincipled capitalism when a shoe magnate (Toshiro Mifune) is challenged with a life-changing decision. Will he or won’t he pay the ransom when a psycho accidentally kidnaps the son of Mifune’s chauffeur instead of Mifune’s own child? In Japanese with English subtitles. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Wednesday, May 19 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: DODES’KA-DEN, 1970, Janus Films, 140 min. Kurosawa’s fascination with slum-life (as seen in THE LOWER DEPTHS) reemerges here in a swirling episodic portrait of various individuals, many of them children, living in destitution in a garbage dump in Tokyo. In Japanese with English subtitles.

I LIVE IN FEAR (IKIMONO NO KIROKU), 1955, Janus Films, 103 min. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. An aging foundry owner becomes so obsessed with the fear of nuclear extermination and the wish to flee to South America that his family has him deemed legally incompetent. In Japanese with English subtitles. Buy Tickets

 



Thursday, May 20 – 7:30 PM

KAGEMUSHA, 1980, 20th Century Fox, 179 min. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. When Lord Shingen Takeda is killed by an enemy sharp-shooter, a condemned thief who looks uncannily like Takeda must take the ruler’s place. In Japanese with English subtitles. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Friday, May 21 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: RASHOMON, 1950, Janus Films, 88 min. A tragic event involving a husband, wife and local bandit (Toshiro Mifune) is recounted by participants and witnesses who yield conflicting, untrustworthy accounts. In Japanese with English subtitles. Trailer

THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (KAKUSHI-TORIDE NO SAN-AKUNIN), 1958, Janus Films, 126 min. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. The basis for George Lucas’ STAR WARS follows a samurai (Toshiro Mifune) as he transports a high-maintenance princess through war-torn lands, accompanied by a pair of bickering peasants. In Japanese with English subtitles. Buy Tickets

 

 

Thursday, May 20 – 7:30 PM

KAGEMUSHA, 1980, 20th Century Fox, 179 min. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. When Lord Shingen Takeda is killed by an enemy sharp-shooter, a condemned thief who looks uncannily like Takeda must take the ruler’s place. In Japanese with English subtitles. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Friday, May 21 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: RASHOMON, 1950, Janus Films, 88 min. A tragic event involving a husband, wife and local bandit (Toshiro Mifune) is recounted by participants and witnesses who yield conflicting, untrustworthy accounts. In Japanese with English subtitles.Trailer

THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (KAKUSHI-TORIDE NO SAN-AKUNIN), 1958, Janus Films, 126 min. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. The basis for George Lucas’ STAR WARS follows a samurai (Toshiro Mifune) as he transports a high-maintenance princess through war-torn lands, accompanied by a pair of bickering peasants. In Japanese with English subtitles. Buy Tickets

 

 

 

Sunday, May 23 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: YOJIMBO, 1961, Janus Films, 110 min. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. Toshiro Mifune plays Sanjuro, a shiftless ronin (a samurai without a master) who wanders into a starving village beset by a yakuza gang war. Sanjuro plays the battling sects off against each other and nearly gets himself killed in the process. In Japanese with English subtitles. Trailer

SANJURO (TSUBAKI SANJURO), 1962, Janus Films, 96 min. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) decides to help a young samurai and his brash cohorts when the samurai’s uncle is framed by a corrupt superintendent. In Japanese with English subtitles. Trailer | Buy Tickets