• Congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Jason Venzor! Jason wrote:

    I wish that I could say I was most like Ky?z?—the consummate swordsman and samurai whose last action would be to cast away the arms he held so closely during life, but the real answer for me is Katsushir?.
    Like Katsushir?, I am in awe of Ky?z?, but I can only aspire to be like him. In the meantime I’d fall in love with a farm girl that is dressed like a boy.

    March is Akira Kurosawa month at Criterion. On the twenty-third, the great Japanese filmmaker would have been one hundred years old. For this centennial celebration, we will be posting trivia questions and other contests all month, and giving away a different prize every weekday.

    Today’s prompt:

    Write a Hollywood-style tagline for your favorite Kurosawa movie.

    Please respond by commenting below, and we’ll choose our favorite tomorrow. You must leave a valid e-mail address to be eligible for the prize (a Rashomon poster).

294 comments

  • By Wayne Saunders
    March 05, 2010
    12:35 PM

    7 Killers! 7 ways to die! 7 Samurai!
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  • By JOHN NELSON
    March 05, 2010
    12:50 PM

    RAN: King Lear is Back!...and Kurosawa's got him!
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  • By Charles Deckert
    March 05, 2010
    01:01 PM

    Seven Samurai Before The Wild Bunch. Before The Dirty Dozen. Before those "Magnificent" ones, there were - quite simply - Seven Samurai.
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  • By Rick Andrade
    March 05, 2010
    01:13 PM

    You want to see Ikiru? I'm sorry, you have the wrong department. Please take a number and we'll address the issue in order of importance.
    Reply
  • By Martin Paul Farinha
    March 05, 2010
    01:19 PM

    DERSU UZALA Coming Soon, only on Criterion Blu-Ray!
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  • By JM Francheteau
    March 05, 2010
    01:27 PM

    From the visionary behind action classics THE SEVEN SAMURAI and YOJIMBO comes the greatest battle of all... MAN versus CANCER! IKIRU. Don't let the posters fool you; it's Japanese, for badass.
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  • By Michael Kim
    March 05, 2010
    02:00 PM

    One rape. One murder. Well, that's what we saw. How about you?
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  • By Michael Kim
    March 05, 2010
    02:03 PM

    RASHOMON: One rape. One murder. Well, that's what we saw. And you?
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  • By Andrew I
    March 05, 2010
    02:19 PM

    THRONE OF BLOOD Double, double; toil and trouble. One Samurai's rise to power... and decent to hell.
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  • By Pete Bublitz
    March 05, 2010
    02:38 PM

    Ran: Must the sacrifice of sons cleanse the sins of a father?
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  • By REMY PIGNATIELLO
    March 05, 2010
    03:29 PM

    Yojimbo : (Almost) As badass as Chuck Norris
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  • By Sara
    March 05, 2010
    03:36 PM

    Based on a short story by acclaimed author Ryunosuke Akutagawa: Rashomon. What is the truth?
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  • By Tim Sheridan
    March 05, 2010
    03:37 PM

    THE SEVEN SAMURAI When all was hopeless, they were the only hope!
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  • By Brandon Leigh
    March 05, 2010
    04:28 PM

    Rashomon - Point of View is relevant only to thee. What did you see? What do you believe?
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  • By geoffrey
    March 05, 2010
    05:44 PM

    From GEORGE LUCAS (creator of STAR WARS), FRANCIS FORD COPPOPA (creator of THE GODFATHER) andakirakurosawadirectorofsomemovies... KAGEMUSHA!!! visit www.iamdeadpeople.com
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  • By noyoucmon
    March 06, 2010
    04:17 AM

    Ikiru: 40 Years on the Job, and All He Gets Is This Lousy Park?
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  • By REO
    March 06, 2010
    10:40 AM

    Ran Come a see the Ichimonji house warming party to end all parties.
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  • By Bill Weber
    March 11, 2010
    06:38 PM

    "Honor Thy Father"
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  • By Bill Weber
    March 11, 2010
    06:38 PM

    RAN "Honor Thy Father"
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  • By bill Weber
    March 11, 2010
    06:40 PM

    Rashamon "The Truth is Wrong"
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