Recent posts tagged Akira Kurosawa


The Best Is Yet To Come, He Said

Akira Kurosawa is reputed to have said that whenever he is asked which of his films is his favorite, he replies, "My next one." A phrase I've taken to heart.


Chaos Reigns

Akira Kurosawa's Ran is currently running on Mubi. See it.


Something I Never Knew I Wanted Dept.

Why, as a fan, sometimes it's best not to get just what you want.

By The Numbers Again Dept.

Template-driven storytelling strikes again (and again, and again).

Shichinin no Jedi Dept.

Lucas honors Kurosawa yet again, by remaking him.


The Last Princess (The Hidden Fortress (2009))

The first half of The Last Princess gave me hope—not much hope, but hope all the same—that this remake of The Hidden Fortress, one of Akira Kurosawa’s better films, would not be the crashing bore that was Tsubaki Sanjuro or...

Tsubaki Sanjuro (2008)

I am not, in principle, against remakes. I am against them when they add nothing to a movie that was perfectly good all by itself. The problem is that the economics of moviemaking no longer favor storytelling, let alone individual...

Between Tides Dept.

(Title is a Controlled Bleeding reference.) I just grabbed the new Windows Live Writer beta, released literally only minutes ago. So far it's pretty good -- it uses the new Office 2007+ ribbon interface, something that's been trickling into the...

Critical Criterion Dept.

Criterion's new wave of titles has been posted! First and most crucial: Early Kurosawa. A box set featuring both Sanshiro Sugata films, The Most Beautiful, and The Men Who Tread On The Tiger's Tail. These have not been available on...

Blu-deodrome Dept.

The next wave of Criterion Blu-rays is up for pre-order, and they're doozies. The Seven Samurai. Videodrome. Antichrist. The Darjeeling Limited. The Thin Red Line. The first two are mine, mine, mine. Antichrist I checked out courtesy of NetFlix streaming,...

Emperor Dept.

Happy birthday, Akira Kurosawa. It's all your fault, you know. You got me started on this whole Japan trip, with your King Lear adaptation, and "the wellspring of the Force", and your template for most every adventure movie with a...

High and Low Dept.

First, the bad news. Lionsgate/Canal+'s Blu-ray of Ran (affiliate link for reference only; I do not recommend the purchase of this disc) looks like a dud. Apart from some nice bonus features, which mostly likely would have shown up in...

Blah-Ray Dept.

It's beginning to look a lot like the Blu-ray edition of Ran scheduled for domestic release is the crummy upsampled master, and not Criterion's own direct-from-the-negative 1080p transfer. Here's a review of the Optimum import version, which is also region...

This 'n That Dept.

Roger Cohen waxes dismayed over Japan's apparent propensity for encouraging otaku-dom. His argument feels like a kindler, gentler version of the sort of Oh, Those Wacky Japs luridness that was all the rage in the Eighties -- although I'd argue...


The Other Akira Dept.

Thinking Outside the Box - From the Current ( we had hoped to celebrate the actual centenary, in March, with a Blu-ray edition of Seven Samurai, but weeks of additional restoration have turned into months—yes, it looks really amazing—and...

Tenno Dept.

Donald Ritchie remembers the Emperor. ... in Kurosawa’s films, the major theme is that the heroes are always, from Sugata on, not being but becoming. They live in a present where, though history may indicate, it does not define. You...

Kurosawic Dept.

Courtesy of my buddy adgy on LJ, here is a massive online archive of all things Kurosawa. Note that you do need some comprehension of Japanese to make sense of it all, and it uses this horrible Flash-driven front-end (die!...

Kage-blu-sha Dept. - Criterion Announces Kagemusha and Playtime for AugustThe Criterion Collection has officially announced two titles for release on Blu-ray on August 18: Akira Kurosawa's 'Kagemusha' and Jacques Tati's 'Playtime'. Both films will be presented in 1080p 1.85:1 video...

Samurai 7 Vol. 1

Samurai 7 isn’t a bad manga, just as the anime of the same name isn’t a bad anime. But I had the same problem with both of them: Why remake Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai—arguably one of the greatest films ever...

Criteriosity Dept.

The best news first. Criterion has seen fit to grace us with a Blu-ray edition of Akira Kurosawa's Ran. (Depicted here is the conventional DVD edition; no ASIN has been assigned for the BD yet.) It's set to include all...


Clickey-Clack Dept.

I had a feeling this would happen at some point; I just didn't know when. But Criterion's gone and done it, bless their souls: they've remastered Kurosawa's Dodes'ka-den for DVD and will be bringing it out in March '09. Apparently...

Blukira Blurosawa Dept.

Okay, terrible post title, but try this on for size, from The Digital Bits: ... we've learned that the first wave of catalog titles by legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa has just been announced for release on Blu-ray Disc in Japan....

Epic Fail and Epic Win Dept.

I rented Bertolucci's 1900 and The Last Emperor (the new Criterion edition) from the library, since I'd been meaning to check out both. The former's been re-released in its full 315-minute uncut edition and the latter I'd seen in theaters...

RareBay Dept.

A rarely-seen copy of Toru Takemitsu's complete 2-disc score for Kurosawa's Ran is up on eBay (follow the image link). I've got plans to eventually snap up a copy ... when I'm not between paychecks....

Close At Hand Dept.

I did some rearranging in the home office, and ended up with an empty shelf immediately to my right at eye level.  My first temptation was to fill it with the kinds of things that I like to pull out...

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