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Chiaki, Minoru 1917-1999

Overview
Works: 92 works in 271 publications in 5 languages and 8,554 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Samurai films  Experimental films  Action and adventure films  Melodrama  Fantasy films  Legal films  Swashbuckler films 
Roles: Actor, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Minoru Chiaki
 
Most widely held works by Minoru Chiaki
Rashōmon by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

25 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the Middle Ages, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man's murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit"--Video cover
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

16 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Japanese and Spanish and held by 1,260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. A Samurai lord kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

11 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,118 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
Kakushitoride no san akunin by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

27 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one. A general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director's most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas's Star Wars. Delivers Kurosawa's trademark deft blend of wry humor, and breathtaking action
Les bas-fonds The lower depths( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in French and held by 393 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
Ikimono no kiroku I live in fear by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

17 editions published between 1955 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kiichi Nakajima (Mifune) decides to relocate his family to the safe haven of Brazil from what he perceives is a nuclear holocaust. His methods of getting them there, by burning down their foundry, leads to his incarceration when the family commits him for being criminally insane. From the confines of the asylum Kiichi drifts into a fantasy world where he believes that the sun is an inferno created by the Earth when it exploded in a nuclear holocaust. 'I Live in fear' is Kurosawa's blatant criticism of the perils of nuclear warfare, and was produced at the height of the Cold War when the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union were all experimenting with nuclear testing. The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was also a recent and painful memory. This a powerful study of patriarchy in Japanese society, and what Kiichi is willing to do to convince his family to support his beliefs. DVD
Three films by Hiroshi Teshigahara by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Woman in the dunes: An amateur entomologist leaves Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night in the home of a young widow who lives in a hut at the bottom of a sand dune
Kumonosujō by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. A Samurai lord kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy
Shichinin no samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixteenth-century villagers hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This gripping three-hour ride is one of the most beloved movie epics of all time
Tanin no kao The face of another by Hiroshi, 1927- Teshigahara( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Okuyama, after being burned and disfigured in an industrial accident and estranged from his family and friends, agrees to his psychiatrist's radical experiment: a face transplant, created from the mold of a stranger. As Okuyama is thus further alienated from the world around him, he finds himself giving in to his darker temptations
Gojira no gyakushū( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in Japanese and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The movie focuses on Shoichi Tsukioka and Koji Kobayashi, a pair of "fishing scouts," who are the first to discover Godzilla fighting the spiny monster Anguirus on a deserted island. The pilots follow Godzilla as he moves on to Osaka, causing havoc along the way. The men then help the Japanese Air Force distract Godzilla so that the monster can be subdued
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai( Visual )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in Japanese and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire seven out-of-work warriors to protect them from invading bandits
Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen kettō ganryūjima = Miyamoto Musashi three : duel at Ganryu Island by Hiroshi Inagaki( Visual )

2 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in Japanese and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musashi is now a legendary swordsman whose latest quest is to save an isolated viallage from rampaging brigands. He also, remains haunted by his memories of Otsu. Meanwhile, the ruthless and increasingly jealous Kojiro plots his battle royal with Musashi to prove who is the finest swordsman in Japan
Hakuchi Idiot by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Idiot, an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's masterpiece about a wayward, pure soul's reintegration into society, updated by Kurosawa to capture Japan's postwar aimlessness, was a victim of studio interference and public indifference. Today, this "folly" looks ever more fascinating
Karamiai( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown. A bevy of lawyers and associates begin machinations to procure the money for themselves, resorting to the use of impostors and blackmail. Yet all are outwitted by the cunning of the man's secretary, in this entertaining condemnation of unchecked greed
Donzoko by Maksim Gorky( Visual )

3 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Working with his most celebrated actor, Toshiro Mifune, Akira Kurosawa faithfully adapts Maxim Gorky's classic proletariat play, keeping the original's focus on the conflict between illusion and reality
Akahige Red Beard by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vain young doctor learns a valuable lesson from the dedicated director of a clinic for destitute patients
Shūbun Sukyandaru by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrayal of a sensitive young artist who is dragged through the mud by a pulp entertainment magazine after an innocent encounter with a pop singer
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 69 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?
Ikimono no kuroku( Visual )

3 editions published in 1998 in Japanese and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An elderly and wealthy industrialist becomes obsessed with a fear of the atomic bomb. In a futile attempt to save his family, he pressures them to leave Japan and move to the rainforest in Brazil where he believes they will be safe. His family, complacent and cynical, is outraged and move to have him declared insane
 
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Alternative Names
Chiaki, Minoru.

Chiaki, Minoru 1917-1999

Chiaki Minoru japanischer Schauspieler

Minoru Chiaki acteur japonais

Minoru Chiaki attore giapponese

Minoru Chiaki Japanese actor

Minoru Chiaki japansk skådespelare

Sasaki, Katsuharu 1917-1999

Sasaki, Katsuji 1917-1999

지아키 미노루

チアキ, ミノル 1917-1999

千秋, 実 1917-1999

千秋實 1917-1999

佐々木, 勝治

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Kakushitoride no san akuninKumonosujō