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Kurosawa, Akira 1910-1998

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Most widely held works by Akira Kurosawa
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

194 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 3,721 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 )

171 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 3,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 16th century Japan, Lord hidetora, an aging ruler, attempts to divide his kingdom among his three sons, who turn against each other and betray their father, triggering events that ultimately shatter the kingdom, destroy the family, and drive their father insane
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

164 editions published between 1953 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 16th century Japanese village hires professional warriors to fend off bandits. When the samurai arrive, a spectacular series of battle begins
Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

115 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The protagonist, 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 )

100 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,821 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 1,777 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 )

120 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Au XVIe siècle, un criminel échappe à la potence à cause de sa ressemblance avec le seigneur d'un clan important, Shingen Takeda. Il doit servir de double à ce seigneur dans les combats et les cérémonies. Lorsque Shingen meurt d'une blessure de guerre, on cache sa mort pendant 3 ans en mettant de l'avant le sosie. Ce répit permet au clan de se consolider en prévision d'un affrontement avec une famille rivale. Son utilité terminée, le sosie, commençant à se prendre au sérieux, est mis carrément à la porte
Kakushitoride no san akunin by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

64 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,447 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
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai( Visual )

19 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 1,320 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 )

42 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acht in beeld gebrachte dromen met zeer verschillende thema's : van kernramp tot Van Gogh
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

54 editions published between 1963 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,213 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
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

34 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 791 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 )

81 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
Last man standing by Walter Hill( Visual )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 700 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
Tsubaki Sanjūrō by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

30 editions published between 1962 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 695 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
Akahige Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

22 editions published between 1965 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

34 editions published between 1948 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1945, following the end of Pacific War, most of Japan's large towns were vast heaps of ashes and rubble. The virtual bacilli of society were thriving around the black markets. Among the rubble lived an old doctor prctising for the benefit of the poor. As a young man he had ruined himself hrought fas living, but is now a ovable old humanitarian, operating a clinic with the help of a nurse whom he rescued from misery. -- Cover
The seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Book )

27 editions published between 1953 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

79 editions published between 1971 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 613 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
Nora inu by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

19 editions published between 1949 and 2009 in Japanese and English and held by 599 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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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

RanSeven samuraiIkiruKumonosujō Throne of blood (Spider's web castle)KagemushaKakushitoride no san akuninThe seven samuraiNora inu