This week, we discuss the career of Japan’s most legendary director, Kurosawa Akira. From humble, middle class beginnings, our story will take us through some of his most notable films, and include detours into the lives of Mifune Toshiro, George Lucas, and even Francis Ford Coppola!
Kurosawa, Akira. Something like an Autobiography.
“Rashomon” and “The Seven Samurai” in Film Analysis: A Norton Reader.
The videos below are from the fine folks at Every Frame a Painting (now sadly defunct), and do a good job introducing the Kurosawa style.
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Great episode as usual. I work in Takarazuka and remember the centennial of the Revue a few years back but didn’t know the connection between the founder of the Takarazuka Revue and Toho. Nice.
Kurosawa is great. Have you thought about any other directors? Itami Juzo is up there and quite different than Kurosawa. I also love that his stage name is the city I live in. The Juzo is a station in nearby Osaka but I haven’t seen anything that said this is where he got that name. It may be a dajare joke that has escaped English speakers.
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