Tag Archives: Akira Kurosawa

Seven Samurai – Akira Kurosawa starts a trend.

What a great pleasure it was to watch Seven Samurai! Despite the timeless beauty of Seven Samurai, it is when the film is seen in context that the power of its resonance through the ages is best recognised. This is a film made in  1954 at a time when Japan was reeling from the aftershocks of American […]

High and Low – Akira Kurosawa asks which is heaven and which is hell?

High and Low is an adaptation of an American novel entitled Kings Ransom written by Ed McBain in 1959.  The film is divided largely into three parts, using the crime thriller genre to give us a large dose of Kurosawa’s trade mark social criticism. In the balance between money and incorruptible life, everyone must choose and this is the question Kurosawa […]

Rashomon – Stories, lies, perspectives and human weakness.

 “Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves. Even the character who dies cannot give up his lies. Egotism is a sin [and] the human heart itself is impossible to understand.” Akira Kurosawa speaking about Rashomon. Impossible to belive I know, but I just saw Rashomon for the first time last week. It’s been […]

Ikiru – Akira Kurosawa and what it means to live

What an absolutely beautiful film. This was pure delight from start to finish. An established masterpiece, Ikiru was made in 1952, between Rashomon and Seven Samurai, and stars Takashi Shimura. He played the woodcutter in Rashomon, leader of the Seven Samurai and in Ikiru he’s a crabbed, middle-aged civil servant suddenly faced with his imminent […]