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This Saturday: The Films of Akira Kurosawa

The month of May is devoted to a survey of the work of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998). The first Japanese director to be acclaimed abroad, Kurosawa was a true auteur and one of the world's greatest filmmakers. 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 Westerns, Shakespeare, the work of French director Jean Renoir, and his native bushido code. Kurosawa exerted a profound influence on international cinema while asserting his individuality as a filmmaker, uniquely incorporating deep humanism, bawdy humor, compassion for his characters, and an appreciation for the unsettling ambiguities of life. Above all else, it’s a cinema of questioning, acknowledging the danger that the ‘different,’ the 'other', will be annihilated as a consequence of an assumption of shared values and cultural sameness.


This Saturday's Movies - 5/7/2016
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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