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Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998

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Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

243 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 3,600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 16th century Japan a group of rice farmers decides to take the radical step of hiring a band of mercenaries to defend their rice crop against marauding bandits. The story takes place during a period in Japanese history when society was organized along feudal lines and peasants found themselves victims of both roving samurai and gangs of bandits. Kurosawa portrays 16th century Japan as a society where starvation and calamity are so commonplace that the distinction between bandits and samurai has become blurred. The villagers hire the six ronin, or masterless samurai and one braggart (Mifune) to successfully defend their village, only three of the seven survive. Kurosawa created a visual spectacle in black and white, utilizing fast tracking shots, and quick moving montage for the battle scenes turning a story of feudalism into a modern anti war film. The original version of The Seven Samurai was shown in Tokyo but deemed too long for general release. Shorter versions were eventually released in Japan and the United States. Several years after its release, this film was remade in the United States as The Magnificent Seven starring Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

118 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 3,466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man is murdered, his wife is raped by a bandit. Kurosawa uses a stunning flashback technique to tell four different versions of what occurred
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

156 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Synopsis: One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare into film, Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood re-imagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa's longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall. With Throne of Blood, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh theater to make a Macbeth that is all his own-a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom."--website
Ran by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

153 editions published between 1985 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 2,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the early 16th century Japan, an ageing ruler, Lord Hidetora, announces his intention to divide his land equally amongthree sons. This decision unleashes a power struggle between the three
The bodyguard by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

155 editions published between 1961 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a flea bitten, dusty Japanese town, a ronin (unemployed samurai) finds himself in the middle of a feud between two warring mafia's. On one side of town a local silk merchant is building a small army, while on the other, a sake merchant is hiring anybody who can carry a sword. The two merchants engage in a bidding war to employ the services of the itinerant samurai, but he has his own plans. Disgusted by both sides, the samurai, (Mifune) instigates a war between the two factions and with great pleasure sits in the town's bell tower watching them cut each other to pieces. After freeing the daughter of a local villager from bondage, he leaves the town in search of further exploits. Yojimbo was the inspiration for several Sergio Leone films including the Clint Eastwood vehicle, A Fistful of Dollars which was made a few years later. Kurosawa portrays 19th century Japan as a society where corruption and calamity are so commonplace that the distinction between bandits and samurai have become blurred. 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 Yojimbo. 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
Ikiru = To live by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

107 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,039 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
Kakushitoride no san akunin = Hidden fortress by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

110 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A story of rival clans, hidden gold and a princess in distress, The Hidden Fortress is a thrilling mix of fairy story and samurai action movie. It was Kurosawa's first film shot in the widescreen process of Tohoscope, and he exploited this to the full in the film's rich variety of landscape locations, including the slopes of Mount Fuji
Tsubaki Sanjūrō = Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

120 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,556 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 )

114 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 16th-century Japan, a powerful warlord is dying. In order to prevent his enemies from attacking, he orders his clan to locate a double to replace him. The man chosen is a petty criminal who must somehow transform himself into a great leader and command the allegiance of 25,000 samurai warriors
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

74 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 1,398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En un momento crucial de su vida financiera, Gondo, un hombre de negocios, recibe la noticia de que su hijo ha sido secuestrado, y el rescate exigido es una cantidad de dinero similar a la que necesita para cerrar una importante negociación. Gondo está dispuesto a pagar el rescate hasta que comprende que los secuestradores se han equivocado y se han llevado al hijo del chófer. Ahora deberá decidir si el dinero es más importante que la vida del niño
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

54 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feature film from Japan. Eight short films exploring man's relationship with his environment
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

67 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nishi, a salaryman who marries his boss' lame daughter with the aim of exacting revenge on his father-in-law for his own father's death at the hands of the company. A suit-and-tie film noir, Kurosawa aims directly at the black heart of capitalism and the dark conformism of corporate Japan. Summary from container insert
Norainu = Stray dog by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

70 editions published between 1949 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 955 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
Akahige = Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

80 editions published between 1965 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 945 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
Les bas-fonds = The lower depths by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

69 editions published between 1936 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les bas-fonds (93 min.): A Baron, forced by circumstances, gives up his life of luxury and 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 )

74 editions published between 1948 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 902 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 )

82 editions published between 1970 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 771 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 Jerry Lee Lewis( Visual )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 721 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 )

110 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extrait du résumé figurant sur la jaquette : Au cours d'une expédition topographique en 1902 au cœur de la taïga sibérienne, un jeune officier tsariste, Vladimir Arséniev, rencontre un vieux trappeur mongol, Dersou Ouzala, qui va devenir son guide. Deux cultures s'affrontent entre l'explorateur cartographe et le chasseur de zibelines, homme pur et malicieux qui comprend tout de la nature. Tout en assistant Vladimir Arséniev qui deviendra vite son ami dans ses expéditions au fin fond de la taïga d'Oussouri, Dersou lui fait découvrir les secrets de la nature et du monde animal, ainsi que les mœurs et les cultes de la population autochtone
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Book )

37 editions published between 1900 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 635 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

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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

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Kurosava, Akira 1910-1998

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Kuroszava Akira

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Kuruzawa, Akira

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Κουροσαβα, Ακιρα

Акира Куросава

Акира Куросава японский кинорежиссёр, сценарист и продюсер

Акіра Курасава

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Куросава А. 1910-1998

Куросава, Акира

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Күросава Акира

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אקירא קוראסאווא

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آكيرا كورو ساوا

اكيرا كوروساوا

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اکیرا کروساوا

اکیرا کوروساوا

آکیرا کوروساوا فیلمنامه‌نویس، تدوینگر، تهیه‌کننده، و کارگردان ژاپنی

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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

ᎠᎩᎳ ᎫᎶᏌᏩ

クロサワ, アキラ

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黒沢 明 1910-1998

黒沢明 1910-1998

黒澤, 明

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黒澤明 1910-1998

黑澤明 日本電影導演

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RashōmonKumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)RanIkiru = To liveKakushitoride no san akunin = Hidden fortressKagemushaNorainu = Stray dogAkahige = Red Beard