Tag Archive: Akira Kurosawa

Views of Vengeance: The Bad Sleep Well

in conjunction with Legendary Loyalty: The 47 Ronin in Japanese Prints The Bad Sleep Well Directed by Akira Kurosawa 1960, 150 min Japanese with English subtitles Revenge is served cold (with a menacing appetizer of wedding cake, the highlight of a stunning opening scene) in … Continue reading →

December Films at Innis Town Hall: Ikiru

Ikiru • いきる Directed by Akira Kurosawa/B&W /1952/143 min/blu-ray Kanji Watanabe (Takashi Shimura), a devoted single father, has mindlessly rubber-stamped documents at city hall for 30 years to support his son.  When he receives a diagnosis of terminal stomach cancer, he … Continue reading →

Noh Film: Throne of Blood

Noh-influenced Shakespeare by Akira Kurosawa Dir. Akira Kurosawa 1957, 110 min. Japanese with English subtitles Kurosawa infused his adaptation of Macbeth with Noh elements, from the soundtrack and stage set to the actors’ performance style, Noh mask-like makeup and facial … Continue reading →