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Kurosawa
     

Kurosawa

Director: Adam Low,

Cast: Adam Low, Sam Shepard, Paul Scofield, James Coburn

 

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Adam Low's documentary about the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and Japanese soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an hour and a half of bonus footage and a

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Adam Low's documentary about the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and Japanese soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an hour and a half of bonus footage and a complete Kurosawa filmography. This Wellspring release is recommended highly to anyone with an interest in film, while interviews with Clint Eastwood and James Coburn will interest the casual fan.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
To take in the magnificent career of a filmmaker as prolific and protean as Akira Kurosawa in less than two hours may seem a daunting task, but writer-director Adam Low has succeeded admirably in offering a moving and amazingly detailed portrait of both the man and the artist. The clips are well chosen (even if some films, like High and Low and The Bad Sleep Well, get short shrift), the interviews informative (including some archival clips of the subject and his favorite actor, Toshiro Mifune), and there are two superb touches: Paul Scofield reading from Kurosawa's writings and a running visual motif of a downtown Tokyo building with a giant screen on its side running various scenes from older Kurosawa films. Though it would have been nice to have some of Kurosawa's American disciples, such as George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, on hand, the late James Coburn (who appeared in The Magnificent Seven, the remake of The Seven Samurai) and Clint Eastwood (whose A Fistful of Dollars was a remake of Yojimbo) do offer the Yanks' perspective. The comments of Kurosawa's daughter and son, actor Tatsuya Nakadai and director Kon Ichikawa are well-placed, Donald Richie (whose writings about Kurosawa helped to cement his international reputation) offers historical perspective, and then there is an unexpected bonus: Machiko Kyo, the female lead of Rashomon, Kurosawa's breakthrough film, looking smashing as she and several members of that film's production team revisit one of the film's rural locations and reminisce. It's an inspired idea like that which lifts this film above the standard cut-and-paste "biographies" that litter cable/satellite TV stations these days.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
UPC:
0720917314327
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wellspring Media
Presentation:
[B&W, Letterbox]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
3:35:00

Special Features

90 minutes of bonus interview footage (edited by Teruyo Nogami); Scene access; Kurosawa filmography; Weblinks; Easter eggs

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Shepard Narrator
Paul Scofield Kurosawa
James Coburn Actor
Clint Eastwood Actor
Shinobu Hashimoto Actor
Hiromichi Horikawa Actor
Kon Ichikawa Actor
Shuichi Kato Actor
Masahiko Kumada Actor
Hisao Kurosawa Actor
Kazuko Kurosawa Actor
Machiko Kyo Actor
Tatsuya Nakadai Actor
Teruyo Nogami Actor
Steven Prince Actor
Donald Richie Actor
Tadao Sato Actor
Isuzu Yamada Actor
Akira Kurosawa Himself

Technical Credits
Adam Low Director,Screenwriter
Sonoko Aoyagi Bowers Producer
Margaret Smilow Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Master of Cinema [7:56]
2. Childhood Influences [7:14]
3. Conquering Fear [5:45]
4. Breaking With Tradition [5:34]
5. Propaganda Film [9:07]
6. Post-War Japan [8:11]
7. Rashomon [8:44]
8. Seven Samurai [10:54]
9. Toshirô Mifune [9:08]
10. Influence on the West [6:55]
11. A Turning Point [5:46]
12. The Four Knights [3:54]
13. Into the Wilderness [4:32]
14. Kagemusha [4:44]
15. Ran [6:35]
16. Full Circle [10:22]

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