Tag Archives: Akira Kurosawa

Rashomon: One Death, Four Stories

THE HUSBAND, THE WIFE… OR THE BANDIT? The Rashomon effect is a term that entered the English language maybe as early as the 1960s, meant to describe an event that is interpreted in several different ways by spectators. The word ”Rashomon” is a Japanese name for a city gate, specifically the one in Kyoto that … Continue reading Rashomon: One Death, Four Stories

Yojimbo: The Ultimate Sushi Western

Some people call Seven Samurai (1954) Akira Kurosawa’s finest samurai movie, but I’ll have to go with Yojimbo. One reason is the fact that unlike Seven Samurai, this one doesn’t have a bloated running time. But it is also a striking example of how the legendary filmmaker was able to take genuinely American ingredients and turn them into something … Continue reading Yojimbo: The Ultimate Sushi Western

Hidden Fortress: In an Era Far, Far Away…

Akira Kurosawa’s first film in widescreen also became one of his favorites. It has been said that he made it as a sure bet for the studio, which had supported his riskier endeavors throughout the 1950s. The Hidden Fortress certainly had Kurosawa’s touches, but it was primarily an adventure-comedy that audiences were guaranteed to enjoy. One of … Continue reading Hidden Fortress: In an Era Far, Far Away…

Kagemusha: Thieves and Warlords

Five years after the highly memorable Dersu Uzala, director Akira Kurosawa returned to an environment that he knew well. But this time, the lavish production of Kagemusha became so expensive to Toho Studios that Twentieth Century Fox ended up paying the shortfall after a bit of persuasion from Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas who … Continue reading Kagemusha: Thieves and Warlords