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1.

Mādadayo

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Kurosawa's final film is a tribute to Hyakken Uchida (Tatsuo Matsmura), an educator and writer of enormously popular aphoristic stories. Based on Uchida's writings, the film pieces a narrative together with distinct episodes, anecdotes and parties, ceremonies and celebrations.
DVD
2009; 1993
2.

Akahige

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A testament to the goodness of humankind, Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director (Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa).
DVD
2009; 1965
Clemons (Stacks)
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Warui Yatsu Hodo Yoku Nemuru: The Bad Sleep Well

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A young executive hunts down his father's killer in director Akira Kurosawa's scathing The Bad Sleep Well. Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa combines elements of Hamlet and American film noir to chilling effect.
DVD
2009; 1960
Clemons (Stacks)
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Tsubaki Sanjūrō: Sanjuro

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In Kurosawa's sly companion piece to Yojimbo, the jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a "proper" samurai on its ear.
DVD
2009; 1962
Clemons (Stacks)
5.

Yojimbo

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To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage.
DVD
2009; 1961
Clemons (Stacks)
6.

Donzoko: The Lower Depths

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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.
DVD
2009; 1957
Clemons (Stacks)
7.

Shichinin No Samurai

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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.
DVD
2009; 1954
Clemons (Stacks)
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Kumonosu-Jō: Throne of Blood

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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.
DVD
2009; 1957
Clemons (Stacks)
9.

Ikimono No Kiroku: I Live in Fear

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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.
DVD
2009; 1955
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

Rashōmon

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The murder of a man and the rape of his wife in a forest grove, seen from four different perspectives. Akira Kurosawa's meditation on the nature of "truth" transformed narrative cinema as we know it.
DVD
2009; 1950
Clemons (Stacks)
11.

Ikiru: To Live

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An aging bureaucrat with stomach cancer decides to strip the veneer off his existence and find meaning in his final days. Considered by some to be Akira Kurosawa's greatest achievement, Ikiru offers a multifaceted look at a life through a prism of perspectives.
DVD
2009; 1952
Clemons (Stacks)
12.

Nora Inu: Stray Dog

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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.
DVD
2009; 1949
Clemons (Stacks)
13.

Shūbun: Scandal

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A handsome, suave Toshiro Mifune lights up the screen as painter Ichiro, whose circumstantial meeting with a famous singer is twisted by the tabloid press into a torrid affair. Ichiro files a lawsuit against the seedy gossip magazine, but his lawyer, Hiruta (Takashi Shimura), is playing both sides.
DVD
2009; 1950
Clemons (Stacks)
14.

Yoidore Tenshi: Drunken Angel

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In this powerful early noir from the great Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune bursts onto the screen as a volatile, tubercular criminal who strikes up an unlikely relationship with Takashi Shimura's jaded physician.
DVD
2009; 1948
Clemons (Stacks)
15.

Sanshiro Sugata: Judo Saga

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Akira Kurosawa's dazzling debut as a director is about the rivalry between judo and jujitsu, and it concerns the moral education and enlightenment of Sanshiro.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
16.

Zoku Sugata Sanshirō

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Continues the story of Sugata, a hero who uses judo to protect the poor and weak. This sequel to Akira Kurosawa's first film, which Kurosawa was compelled to make under studio pressure, reunites most of the principal cast members from the original.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

Ichiban Utsukushiku

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Akira Kurosawa's patriotic World War II morale booster focuses on a volunteer corps of women working at an optics factory to produce lenses for binoculars and targeting scopes, and was shot on location at the Nippon Kogaku factory in Hiratsuka.
DVD
2009; 1944
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Tengoku to Jigoku: High and Low

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Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa's highly influential High and Low, a compelling race-against-time thriller and a penetrating portrait of contemporary Japanese society.
DVD
2009; 1963
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

Hakuchi: The Idiot

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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.
DVD
2009; 1951
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

Kakushi Toride No San-Akunin: The Hidden Fortress

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A general and a princess must dodge enemy clans while smuggling the royal treasure out of hostile territory with two bumbling, conniving peasants at their sides; it's a spirited adventure that only Akira Kurosawa could create.
DVD
2009; 1958
Clemons (CHECKED OUT)