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黒澤明
Kurosawa

Author: Wellspring Media ; a presentation of Thirteen/WNET, BBC Arena, and NHK in association with Winstar TV and Video ; written and directed by Adam Low ; producers, Margaret Smilow, Sonoko Aoyagi Bowers ; a co-production of Thirteen/WNET New York, BBC Arena, and NHK in association with Winstar TV and Video. ; ; Paul ScofieldSam ShepardAdam LowMargaret SmilowAll authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Educational Broadcasting Corp. : Distributed by Wellspring Video, 2002.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A giant of 20th-century cinema, Akira Kurosawa holds a unique place among the world's most distinguished filmmakers as the only non-Westerner. Yet, surprisingly little is known of Japan's greatest filmmaker outside of his native country, and only a few of his films are familiar to American audiences. Now, with the personal endorsement and participation of his children, Hisao and Kazuko, this film presents a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Biographical television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Biography
History
Named Person: Akira Kurosawa; Akira Kurosawa
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Wellspring Media ; a presentation of Thirteen/WNET, BBC Arena, and NHK in association with Winstar TV and Video ; written and directed by Adam Low ; producers, Margaret Smilow, Sonoko Aoyagi Bowers ; a co-production of Thirteen/WNET New York, BBC Arena, and NHK in association with Winstar TV and Video. ; ; Paul Scofield; Sam Shepard; Adam Low; Margaret Smilow; Sonoko Aoyagi Bowers; WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.); Nihon Hōsō Kyōkai.; WinStar TV and Video (Firm); Educational Broadcasting Corporation.; Wellspring Media.
ISBN: 079420063X 9780794200633
OCLC Number: 49757477
Language Note: In English and Japanese with English subtitles.
Notes: Originally broadcast on Thursday, March 21, 2002 as an episode of Great Performances on PBS.
Originally produced in 2000.
Special features: Bonus interviews [featurette, edited by Teruyo Nogami] (90 min.); Filmography [text feature]; Production credits [text feature]; Weblinks [requires a DVD-ROM drive and Internet access].
Credits: Director of photography, Dewald Aukema ; editor, David Kitson ; music composed by the Fratelli Brothers ; researcher, Kristin Lovejoy ; translators, Toko Shinjo, Michiko Takematsu, Shuko Noguchi.
Performer(s): Readings by Paul Scofield ; narrated by Sam Shepard; commentators include Akira Kurosawa [archive footage], Kenichi Benitani, James Coburn, Clint Eastwood, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hiromichi Horikawa, Kon Ichikawa, Shuichi Kato, Masahiko Kumada, Hisao Kurosawa, Kazuko Kurosawa, Machiko Kyo, Tatsuya Nakadai, Teruyo Nogami, Iwao Ohtani, Stephen Prince, Donald Richie, Tadao Sato, Tokuzo Tanaka, Isuzu Yamada.
Description: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Stereo; letterbox presentation, aspect ratio 1.85:1.
Contents: Master of cinema --
Childhood influences --
Conquering fear --
Breaking with tradition --
Propaganda film --
Post-war Japan --
Rashomon --
Seven samurai --
Toshirô Mifune --
Influence on the West --
A turning point --
The four knights --
Into the wilderness --
Kagemusha --
Ran --
Full circle.
Other Titles: Documentary on the acclaimed director
Arena (Television program)
Great performances (WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.))
Responsibility: Wellspring Media ; a presentation of Thirteen/WNET, BBC Arena, and NHK in association with Winstar TV and Video ; written and directed by Adam Low ; producers, Margaret Smilow, Sonoko Aoyagi Bowers ; a co-production of Thirteen/WNET New York, BBC Arena, and NHK in association with Winstar TV and Video.

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A giant of 20th-century cinema, Akira Kurosawa holds a unique place among the world's most distinguished filmmakers as the only non-Westerner. Yet, surprisingly little is known of Japan's greatest filmmaker outside of his native country, and only a few of his films are familiar to American audiences. Now, with the personal endorsement and participation of his children, Hisao and Kazuko, this film presents a definitive two-hour profile, exploring Kurosawa's work in its entirety. There are film excerpts, archival footage never before seen in the West, interviews with actors influenced by Kurosawa's work, and re-creations from his book "Something Like an Autobiography" examining the personal circumstances that produced one of the world's greatest cinema artists.

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