Upcoming Akira Kurosawa Series (of sorts)

So, I got this for Christmas.

If you can’t tell, it is the 25 films of Akira Kurosawa box set. Four films of his aren’t included (Dreams, Ran, Rhapsody in August, The Quiet Duel, Dersu Uzala), but as you can see: most of his work is amply represented here. As you can guess, I’m gonna begin going through these film by film—a sort of study if you will. I shall post my thoughts/musing/etc and perhaps a review on each film as a way to keep me up to the task and for both our reader’s enjoyment. I would love to do this weekly, but I’m sure i’ll get off track somewhere due to lawschool (especially near semester’s end). However, there are plenty of weeks in the year, and I’m sure to be done before next Christmas. For those playing along at home, I thought I would provide a list of planned viewing. I don’t wish to go through the set chronologically, as that might prove too stale and daunting (you wouldn’t start a study of Scorsese with “The Big Shave” or “Who’s that knocking at my door,” you would start with Taxi Driver or maybe Raging Bull). As follows is my planned watch-list. This is subject to change aside from the first few films (I think).

  1. Rashomon (1950)
  2. High and Low (1963)
  3. Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
  4. Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two (1945)
  5. Seven Samurai (1954)
  6. Throne of Blood (1957)
  7. Ikiru (1952)
  8. The Most Beautiful (1944)
  9. Kagemusha (1980)
  10. The Men Who Tread on The Tiger’s Tail (1945)
  11. No Regrets for our Youth (1946)
  12. The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  13. One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
  14. Red Beard (1965)
  15. Drunken Angel (1948)
  16. Scandal (1950)
  17. The Idiot (1951)
  18. Stray Dog (1949)
  19. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
  20. I Live In Fear (1955)
  21. Dodes’ka-Den (1970)
  22. The Lower Depths (1957)
  23. Yojimbo (1961)
  24. Madadayo (1993)
  25. Sanjuro (1962)

And there you have it. Quite a long list now that I’ve typed it all out. They’re arranged mostly based on runtime and sometimes date of release. I didn’t want to be watching 3 hour epics in a row, so they’re split up as well as possible. Hope you can join me on what should be an education and entertaining foray into the films of Akira Kurosawa.

P.S. First post probably this weekend or by next (don’t hold me to it!)

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4 Responses to Upcoming Akira Kurosawa Series (of sorts)

  1. David says:

    Boo! Get off the stage!

    *throws trash*

  2. David says:

    I’m very looking forward to the first two; been meaning to see both (properly) for years now.

  3. Taos says:

    Wait, you’ve never seen Rashomon?

  4. David says:

    Not properly.

    That is to say, middle of the night viewing 2(?) years ago.

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