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Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998

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Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

223 editions published between 1954 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 3,608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 16th-century Japan, the peasants of a small village recruit seven samurai to protect them from annual bandit attacks. When the warriors arrive, a series of spectacular battles commence. The director's mobile camera captures the action through foliage, rainstorms, dust and wind. In the United States, Kurosawa's epic, which borrows elements from American cinema, was re-made into a western entitled The Magnificent seven
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

158 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 3,574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man is murdered, his wife is raped by a bandit. A flashback technique is used to tell four different versions of what occurred
Ran by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

128 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 2,873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the early 16th century Japan, an ageing ruler, Lord Hidetora, annpounces his intention to divide his land equally among 3 sons. This decision unleashes a power struggle between the 3
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

129 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in 16th century Japan, Toshiro Mifune as Macbeth plays a simple soldier, full of exuberance and fire. The samurai is goaded by his wife and a spirit to murder his friend and his lord. Kurosawa's film is noteworthy for its eeerie atmospherics and powerful use of elements derived from Noh theatre. (Circulates)
Ikiru = To live by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

132 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A middle aged man discovers that he has only six months to live, and begins to question the meaning of his life. One of Kurosawa's most important films, Ikiru provides an image of Japan in the period immediately following World War II. We follow the central character Watanabe, as he progresses through the stages of anger and confusion to acceptance. At first he devotes himself to seeking pleasure in the bars of Tokyo, in the end a simple inspiration leads him to a final act of public generosity. Director Kurosawa was one of the few Japanese directors who was allowed to work with relative creative freedom, his early films were consistently commercially successful, as was the case with Ikiru. Kurosawa's films along with his contemporaries Ozu, Mizoguchi, and Ichikawa raised Japanese cinema onto the world stage in the period immediately after World War II
Yōjinbō by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

151 editions published between 1961 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a samurai who wanders into a town in turmoil. Pitting the town's two warring clans against each other, the mysterious samurai plays a profitable, yet dangerous game
Kakushitoride no san akunin = Hidden fortress by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

105 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kurosawa's energetic samurai film is set in the battle-torn Japan of the distant past. It is populated by martial arts experts, a benevolent patriarch, a villain and a seductive but dangeous princess. Two unlikely soldiers flee following the defeat of their army and accidentally discover a gold bar hidden in some firewood. Before they can retrieve it, an old general appears and enlists them to take a wagon load of gold and a deposed princess to safety in the next province. On the way, they encounter a series of difficulties and adventures. The film exemplifies Kurosawa's vibrant visual style and is said to have been an inspiration for George Lucas' Star Wars
Tsubaki Sanjūrō = Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

101 editions published between 1962 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, the jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a 'proper' samurai on its ear"--Container
Kagemusha by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

106 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feature film from Japan. Drama. In the 16th century, a condemned thief takes the place of a powerful warlord, whom he resembles, in battle
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

65 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma -- should he pay the ransom anyway and risk losing his position?
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

37 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Japanese legend, living dolls in a peach orchard, a deadly snow fairy, a haunted war survivor, Van Gogh painting crows, a terrifying nuclear disater, miserly ogres & a village of watermills; 8 powerful moments revealing human nature from the vivid imagination of Akira Kurosawa
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru = Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

62 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features a grieving son, (Toshiro Mifune), who seeks revenge for his father's murder as he infiltrates the corrupt construction company that was responsible for his fathers death
Akahige = Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

88 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A testament to the goodness of humankind, Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard (Akahige) chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity, teaching the embittered intern to appreciate the lives of his destitute patients. Perfectly capturing the look and feel of 19th-century Japan, Kurosawa weaves a fascinating tapestry of time, place, and emotion
Norainu = Stray dog by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

62 editions published between 1949 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A murder mystery set in Tokyo in the late 1940's. A rookie detective loses his gun and is afraid it has fallen into the hands of a killer
Les bas-fonds = The lower depths by Jean Renoir( Visual )

78 editions published between 1936 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 947 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les bas-fonds (93 min.): A Baron, forced by circumstances, gives up his life of luxury and to takes up residence in the slums of Paris. The Baron observes the frustrated romance between Wasska Pepel and Natacha, the thwarted dreams of an actor, and the oppressive cruelties of landlord Kostileff
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

67 editions published between 1948 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Sanada is an alcoholic, in part due to the despair that constantly assails him as he tries to keep the inhabitants of a post-World War II Tokyo slum as healthy as possible. Food and medical supplies are scarce, the neighborhood is around an open sewer, and the only place to buy medicines is the black market-- controlled by the Yakuza. Matsunaga, a young yakuza with a violent temper, seeks Sanada's help to remove a bullet from his hand, but Matsunaga's cough catches the doctor's attention. What follows is a wrestling match for Matsunaga's life. Will he follow Sanada's instructions and make the smart, healthy decision, or will he let the fabled yakuza code of honor destroy him?
Dodesuka-den by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

68 editions published between 1970 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film, the title of which seeks to reproduce the sound of a trolley in motion, is Kurosawa's first motion picture in color. Weaving together the lives of a group of Tokyo slum dwellers with a mixture of reality and fantasy, Kurosawa gives an impassioned affirmation to life and to man's overcoming his adversities through hope and dreams. (Does not circulate)
Last man standing by Walter Hill( Visual )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Smith is a mysterious stranger who is drawn into a vicious war between two rival crime families. In a dangerous game, he switches allegiances between them, offering his services to the highest bidder. As the death toll mounts, he takes the law into his own hands in a deadly race to remain the last man standing
Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

93 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of Vladimir Arseniev's explorations into Eastern Siberia and his friendship with the hunter, Dersu Uzala
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Book )

37 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic account of a masterpiece by an author who knew Kurosawa
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Akira Kurosava

Akira, Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa 1910-1998

Akira Kurosawa cineasta japonés

Akira Kurosawa cineasta xaponés

Akira Kurosawa cinéaste japonais

Akira Kurosawa director, produtor e guionista de cine xaponés

Akira Kurosawa Hapon nga arag-aramid ti pelikula

Akira Kurosawa Japanese film maker

Akira Kurosawa Japanese movie director

Akira Kurosawa japanischer Regisseur

Akira Kurosawa Japannese regisseur

Akira Kurosawa Japans filmregisseur

Akira Kurosawa japoński reżyser, scenarzysta i producent filmowy

Akira Kurosawa japonský filmový režisér

Akira Kurosawa regista, sceneggiatore, montatore, produttore cinematografico e scrittore giapponese

Hei-tse, Ming

Hei-tse, Ming, 1910-1998

Heize, Ming 1910-1998

Het-chhe̍t Mìn

Kurōcāvā, Akirā 1910-1998

Kurosava, Akira

Kurosava, Akira 1910-1998


Kurosawa A. 1910-1998

Kurosawa, Akira

Kurosawa, Akira 1910-

Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998

Kuroszava Akira

Kūrūsāvā, Ākīrā 1910-1998

Kuruzawa, Akira

Ακίρα Κουροσάβα Ιάπωνας σκηνοθέτης

Κουροσαβα, Ακιρα

Акира Куросава

Акира Куросава японский кинорежиссёр, сценарист и продюсер

Акіра Курасава

Акіра Куросава

Куросава А. 1910-1998

Куросава, Акира

Куросава Акіра

Күросава Акира

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אקירא קוראסאווא

אקירה קורוסאווה

קורוסאווה, אקירה 1910-1998

آكيرا كورو ساوا

اكيرا كوروساوا

اكيرا كوروساوا، 1910-1998

اکیرا کروساوا

اکیرا کوروساوا

آکیرا کوروساوا فیلمنامه‌نویس، تدوینگر، تهیه‌کننده، و کارگردان ژاپنی

كوروساوا، أكيرا

ئاکیرا کورۆساوا

کوروساوا، آکيرا 1910-1998

अकिरा कुरोसावा

আকিরা কুরোসাওয়া

আকিৰা কুৰোছাৱা

ਅਕੀਰਾ ਕੁਰੋਸਾਵਾ

அகிரா குரோசாவா

అకిరా కురొసావా

ಅಕಿರಾ ಕುರೋಸಾವಾ

അകിര കുറൊസാവ

අකිරා කුරෝසාවා

อะกิระ คุโระซะวะ

အကီရာ ကူရိုဆာဝါ

აკირა კუროსავა

구로사와 아키라

흑택명 1910-1998


クロサワ, アキラ

クロサワ, アキラ 1910-1998

黒沢 明 1910-1998

黒沢明 1910-1998

黒澤, 明

黒澤, 明 1910-1998

黒澤明 1910-1998

黑澤明 日本電影導演

RashōmonRanKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)Ikiru = To liveKakushitoride no san akunin = Hidden fortressKagemushaAkahige = Red BeardNorainu = Stray dogSeven samurai