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本木荘二郎

Overview
Works: 70 works in 194 publications in 5 languages and 7,357 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Motion pictures  Film and video adaptations  Fiction  Samurai films 
Roles: Producer, Scenarist
Classifications: PN1995.9.S24, 791.4372
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Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 1,448 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
Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
28 editions published between 1952 and 2011 in Japanese and English and held by 1,383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young Japanese businessman dying of cancer wants to give something back to society before his death, so he decides to build a playground for children
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
27 editions published between 1954 and 2010 in Japanese and English and held by 1,289 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
Kumonosujō Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. Tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1948 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 499 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?
Hakuchi Idiot by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dostoyevsky's tale of madness and jealousy set in postwar Japan
Ikimono no kiroku I live in fear by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1955 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents an elderly, stubborn businessman, so fearful of a nuclear attack that he resolves to move his reluctant family to South America. Kurosawa depicts a society emerging from the shadows but still terrorized by memories of the past and anxieties for the future
Shūbun Sukyandaru by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Portrayal of a sensitive young artist who is dragged through the mud by a tabloid entertainment magazine after an innocent encounter with a pop singer and decides to sue
Subarashiki nichiyōbi One wonderful Sunday by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in Japanese and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young factory worker and his fiancee spend their weekly holiday together. It is a Sunday in spring and they have just thirty-five yen, but together they overcome several near disasters
Kumonosu-jō Throne of blood by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reimagines 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
[Subarashiki nichiyōbi] One wonderful Sunday by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This affectionate paean to young love is also a frank examination by Akira Kurosawa of the harsh realities of postwar Japan. During a Sunday trip into war-ravaged Tokyo, Yuzo and Masako look for work and lodging, as well as affordable entertainments to pass the time
Donzoko by Akira Kurosawa ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 65 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
Norainu 1949-nen sakuhin ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When a pickpocket steals a rookie detective's gun on a hot, crowded bus, the cop goes undercover in a desperate attempt to right the wrong. Kurosawa's thrilling noir probes the squalid world of postwar Japan and the nature of the criminal mind
Donzoko The lower depths ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in Japanese and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Studies a group of destitute people sharing a hovel and creates a spectrum of characters who differ from one another in degrees of hope, resignation, and compassion. Explores each person's ability to create an image of himself that doesn't match reality
Essential art house ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Black Orpheus: "Color photography of the Brazilian Carnival celebration and its sultry bossa nova beats ... Transplanting the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice to the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Black Orpheus brings Greek mythology to vivid, frenetic life"--Container
Ikimono no kuroku ( Visual )
in Japanese and held by 26 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
Drunken angel Yoidore Tenshi ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This film is regarded as Kurosawa's first significant work and is a about a Yakuza who visits the clinic of a grog-sodden doctor one evening to have a gunshot wound attended to. While removing the slug, the surgeon diagnoses TB in his patient. Only a change of lifestyle will improve his prognosis, he tells the gangster
Seven samurai ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 18 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
Seven samurai ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 17 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
Seven samurai ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 16 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
 
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本木荘二郎
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Japanese (112)
English (8)
Spanish (3)
Italian (1)
French (1)
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