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This Saturday: AKIRA KUROSAWA

A giant of 20th-century cinema, Akira Kurosawa (1910 - 1998) was the first Japanese filmmaker to be acclaimed abroad, and is the only non-Westerner whose work is revered equally by American and European audiences and directors alike. Bridging the historical with the contemporary & Eastern cultural values with the West, his pictures cut across genres, periods and settings, indulging equally his love of John Ford Westerns, Shakespeare, the work of French director Jean Renoir, and his native bushido code. Kurosawa's work has exerted enormous influence on post-WWII film: George Lucas used Kurosawa's "Hidden Fortress" as a model for "Star Wars," Sergio Leone adapted his samurai tales to the "spaghetti western," and John Sturges transformed Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" into "The Magnificent Seven" (to cite but a few examples). Join UCSD-TV for our annual month–long homage to this visionary celluloid artist.


This Saturday's Movies - 5/2/2015
4:00 PM
Sugata, a young man, struggles to learn the nuance and meaning of judo, and in doing so comes to learn something of the meaning of life.

(Japan, 1943, 79 mins, dir. Akira Kurosawa, with Denjiro Okochi & Yukiko Todoroki, Japanese with English subtitles)

5:30 PM
Kurosawa's first "personal" film is a feminist study of a young woman's journey to self-discovery in post-war Japan.

(Japan, 1946, B&W, 110 mins, dir. Akira Kurosawa, with Setsuko Hara & Susumu Fujita, Japanese with English subtitles)

7:30 PM
Murukami, a young homicide detective, has his pocket picked on a bus and loses his pistol. Frantic and ashamed, he dashes about trying to recover the weapon without success until taken under the wing of an older and wiser detective, Sato. Together they track the culprit.

(Japan, 1949, B&W, 120 min, dir. Akira Kurosawa, with Toshiro Mifune & Takashi Shimura, Japanese with English subtitles.)

9:35 PM
Kanji Watanabe is a longtime bureaucrat in a city office who, along with the rest of the office, spends his entire working life doing nothing. He learns he is dying of cancer and wants to find some meaning in his life.

(Japan, 1952, 142 mins, dir. Akira Kurosawa, with Takashi Shimura & Nobuo Kanoko, Japanese with English subtitles)



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