Mightier Than the Sword: Shinobu Hashimoto at 100
Can screenwriters change the course of film history? The work of key Kurosawa collaborator Shinobu Hashimoto proves they can.
Throne of Blood: Shakespeare Transposed
Critics commonly describe Throne of Blood (1957) as Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of Macbeth. While this description is certainly not untrue, the film is much more than a direct cinematic translation of a literary text. Kurosawa’s movie is a brilli…
Gate of Hell: A Colorful History
Teinosuke Kinugasa’s landmark color film is a visual feast that has finally been vibrantly restored.
The Rashomon Effect
“Style for Kurosawa is not an empty flourish. The bravura designs of his films are always carefully motivated.”
The Samurai Trilogy: Musashi Mifune
Hiroshi Inagaki’s action epic is as responsible for creating Toshiro Mifune’s legendary cinematic persona as the films of Kurosawa.
Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa
Sanshiro Sugata: A Career Blooms Moviegoers the world over know Akira Kurosawa for Rashomon (1950) and the international classics that followed—Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, Yojimbo, High and Low. The filmmaker’s dazzling technique made …
Dodes’ka-den: True Colors
Akira Kurosawa made Dodes’ka-den (1970) during the most crisis-laden period of his career. He had just spent two years embroiled in an ill-fated venture with the Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox to direct the Japanese segments of the World Wa…