• 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, and giving away a different prize every weekday. To see yesterday’s winner, check out the update on yesterday’s post.

    Today’s prompt:

    In one sentence, convince a friend who is unfamiliar with Kurosawa to watch one of his films.

    Please respond by commenting below, and we’ll choose our favorite tomorrow. You must reside in the U.S. or Canada and leave a valid e-mail address to be eligible for the prize (a DVD box set of AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa).

147 comments

  • By HistoryProf
    March 24, 2010
    02:45 AM

    You may think you've never seen an Akira Kurosawa movie, but you have - every single one of them ten times over - because he didn't just make movies, he IS movies.
  • By Jeff Gustafson
    March 24, 2010
    02:53 AM

    Shakespeare paved the way for story, Hawks showed what a director could be, and Ford found truth in the mythic past, but it was Akira Kurosawa brought it all together and saw into the human soul (and really annoyed Ozu along the way).
  • By Roy Harris
    March 24, 2010
    03:43 AM

    Kurosawa is the Michael Jordan of Cinema.
  • By Roy Harris
    March 24, 2010
    03:46 AM

    Kurosawa does for Cinema, what Richard Simmons did for exercise videos.
  • By Roy Harris
    March 24, 2010
    04:16 AM

    After more than sixty-five years, Seven Samurai is still one of the best foreign films ever made.
  • By Benjamin B.
    March 24, 2010
    04:23 AM

    I wouldn't be much of a friend if I didn't enlighten you to the films by Kurosawa.
  • By Roy Harris
    March 24, 2010
    04:46 AM

    Even after more than fifty-five years, Seven Samurai is still one of the greatest foreign films ever made.
  • By Roy Harris
    March 24, 2010
    04:49 AM

    Friends don’t let friends go without seeing Seven Samurai.
  • By Roy Harris
    March 24, 2010
    04:53 AM

    If I could only take one movie with me to a deserted island, it would be Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
  • By Roy Harris
    March 24, 2010
    09:05 AM

    Thank you Criterion for having this contest.
  • By Benjamin R.
    March 24, 2010
    09:16 AM

    Kurosawa is not a filmmaker, he is a storyteller, and when was the last time you were told a proper story?
  • By vinod i.
    March 24, 2010
    11:09 AM

    If you want to experience a real detective investigation, forget those thousands of classics from Hollywood and watch Kurosawa's High and Low.
  • By ermozart
    March 24, 2010
    12:17 PM

    "Let's take a wild ride, let's watch Rashomon."
  • By Datchery
    March 24, 2010
    12:35 PM

    Though we never go to the movies anymore - I know, we don't have the time and it's easier to watch DVDs at home - I want to go see Kurosawa's Derzu Uzala with you as its my favorite buddy movie of all time.
  • By Billy R.
    March 24, 2010
    01:14 PM

    To watch a Kurosawa drama is to see the beauty in violence, and the violence in love, and the color in death, to drink a beer with your dead grandfather as he tells you old war stories he wouldn't talk about when you were a kid, and you say "You know, everything really went to shit when you died," and he says "Just be glad, kid, you're not the one dead."
  • By Stacinator
    March 24, 2010
    01:35 PM

    Dude, trust me... it's good enough to make you forget that you don't know Japanese.
  • By Laurent D.
    March 24, 2010
    01:50 PM

    In my youth watching Kagemusha stirred my heart and soul, so please let's watch this beautiful film together and so we can share and discuss the beauty of Cinema.
  • By Brad P.
    March 24, 2010
    03:52 PM

    The Magnificent Seven, Star Wars or Spaghetti Westerns would not exist if not for Akira Kurosawa's Eastern influence on John Sturges, George Lucas and Sergio Leone.
  • By Matthew R.
    March 24, 2010
    05:01 PM

    同じようにボッティチェッリ検討する必要がありますようにバッハに自分自身を吸収する必要がありますように、アンナカレーニナを読む必要がありますは、黒澤明監督の映画を見る必要があります。
  • By JFlynn721
    March 24, 2010
    05:07 PM

    Akira Kurosawa is a master in the art of cinema, and that can be seen with various different elements, from is perfect compositions, as seen in High and Low, to his gorgeous set designs and camera work in Ran, so do yourself a favor and watch his films.
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