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Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998

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Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
189 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 3,714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Four people involved in the murder of a gentleman in feudal Japan and the seduction of his wife report differing views of what actually happened
Ran by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
167 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 3,095 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
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
158 editions published between 1953 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 2,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The setting is 16th Century Japan, where a small farming community appeals to seven very special Samurai Warriors to help them fend off an evil ring of Bandits victimising their crops, their women, and their lives year after year. The farmers wish to either hire the Samurai to fight for them, or to be shown the art of defence. Mifune portrays the latest farmer, yearning to be a true Samurai while Shimura is the Samurai leader (Yul Brynnner in the Hollywood version). Director Kurosawa's almost unbearable violence is skillfully blended with poetic beauty, ironic humour, and the moral code of the Sumurai, leaving the viewer's senses exhausted yet exhilarated throughout. The epic battle scene has been compared with D.W. Griffith's "BIRTH! OF A NATION", by the noted film critic Pauline Kael, acknowledging Kurosawa as one of the greatest film craftsmen ever
Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
115 editions published between 1952 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Watanabe discovers that he has cancer and only six months to live. He is forced to appraise his life. He decides that to make his life meaningful he must help others and so he wages a one-man battle against the local bureaucracy to reclaim a local wasteland into a playground
Kumonosujō Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
102 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,850 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)
Yōjinbō ( Visual )
99 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Director Akira Kurosawa's influential 1961 effort, an action-packed, sometimes humorous reconception of the individualistic loner from the American Western, stars Mifune, the director's leading man of choice, as a samurai-for-hire who becomes involved in a dispute between two warring factions in a small village
Kagemusha by Tsutomu Yamazaki ( Visual )
115 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A powerful warlord, Shingen is dying, so he orders his clan to find a double--a shadow warrior--to replace him and to keep his death secret so his enemies won't attack. 1980 Cannes Film Festival grand prize winner
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai ( Visual )
18 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors
Dreams by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
41 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,247 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
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
52 editions published between 1963 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,214 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?
Kakushitoride no san akunin by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A princess must escape across enemy lines with a royal treasure, guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants
Kakushi toride no san akunin by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
64 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 798 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
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
33 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Akira Kurosawa, the acclaimed Japanese director, adopts the American gangster-film style to weave a fascinating tale of corporate greed. The story focuses on 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 father's death
Tsubaki Sanjūrō Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
82 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Samurai rescues three kidnap victims: the town chamberlain, his wife, and their daughter
Tsubaki Sanjūrō by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
29 editions published between 1962 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A group of young men set out to clean up the corruption in their town. They are joined by a scruffy, cynical samurai who doesn't fit their concept of how a warrior should look and act
Last man standing by Walter Hill ( Visual )
17 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 685 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
Akahige Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
22 editions published between 1965 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients
Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
91 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in 8 languages and held by 632 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
The seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Book )
26 editions published between 1953 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nora inu by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
19 editions published between 1949 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A bad day gets worse for rookie detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo's sweltering streets for the thief, whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, the cop and the criminal's lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami's own dark side --
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Alternative Names
Akira, Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa 1910-1998
Hei-tse, Ming
Heize, Ming 1910-1998
Kurōcāvā, Akirā 1910-1998
Kurosava, Akira
Kurosava, Akira 1910-1998
Kurosawa, Akira
Kurosawa, Akira 1910-
Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998
Kūrūsāvā, Ākīrā 1910-1998
Kuruzawa, Akira
קורוסאווה, אקירה 1910-1998
اكيرا كوروساوا، 1910-1998.
كوروساوا، أكيرا
کوروساوا، آکيرا 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
黒沢明, 1910-
黒澤, 明
黒澤, 明 1910-1998
黒澤明 1910-1998
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