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This Saturday: THE FILMS OF AKIRA KUROSAWA

UCSD-TV is devoting the month of May 2017 to a mini-festival celebrating the work of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998).  A giant of 20th-century cinema, Kurosawa is the only non-Western filmmaker whose work is revered by American and European audiences and directors alike.  He is recognized as one of the great cinema auteurs both for his technical mastery and the universal humanist themes that pervade his work: a compassion for individual suffering; a quest for justice through personal rebellion against corrupt social structures; and a concern for the existential crises of humanity in the face of death, social pressure, and the apparent meaningless of life’s struggles.  However, because his films acknowledge the danger that the ‘different,’ the ‘other,’ the ‘untranslatable’ will be annihilated as a consequence of this assumption of shared values and cultural sameness, Kurosawa’s work ultimately is a cinema of questioning rather than assertion.  Bridging the historical with the contemporary and Eastern cultural values with the West, his pictures cut across genres, periods and settings, indulging equally his love of John Ford's Westerns, Shakespeare, the work of French director Jean Renoir, and his native bushido code.  In turn, Kurosawa’s influence on post-WWII film is lasting and profound: George Lucas used Kurosawa's "Hidden Fortress" as a model for "Star Wars," Sergio Leone adapted his samurai tales to create the "spaghetti western," John Sturges transformed Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" into "The Magnificent Seven,” and "Yojimbo” served as the template for Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter" (to cite but a few examples).


This Saturday's Movies - 5/27/2017
4:00 PM
10:00 PM
Akira Kurosawa's graphic samurai adaptation of Shakespear's "Macbeth".

(Japan, 1957, 110 min, dir. Akira Kurosawa, with Toshiro Mifune & Isuzu Yamada, Japanese with English subtitles).

6:00 PM
In a slum flophouse, a collection of beggars and thieves bewail their lot in life, and Osugi, the landlady, fights with her sister, Okayo, over the man they both desire, the thief Sutekichi.

(Japan, 1957, B&W, 125 min, dir. Akira Kurosawa, with Toshiro Mifune & Isuzu Yamada, Japanese with English subtitles)

8:15 PM
In ancient Japan, a woman is raped and her husband killed. The film gives us four viewpoints of the incident - one for each defendant

(Japan, 1951, 120mins, dir. Akira Kurosawa, with Machiko Kyo & Toshiro Mifune, Japanese with English subtitles)



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