Search results for "Akira Kurosawa"


Rashomon (1950) RT 100% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Mar 2002

In ancient Japan a crime take place as told from three different travelers who have experienced the crime: a man being killed and his wife being raped. Which if any of the ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Mystery
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Machiko Kyô  •  Masayuki Mori  •  Takashi Shimura

Dersu Uzala (1975) RT 75% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Oct 2000

A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Maksim Munzuk  •  Svetlana Danilchenko  •  Dmitri Korshikov  •  Suimenkul Chokmorov

Dodes'ka-den (1970)

By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Yoshitaka Zushi  •  Kin Sugai  •  Toshiyuki Tonomura  •  Shinsuke Minami

Dreams (1990) RT 55% / Audience 86%

DVD release: Mar 2003

A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Fantasy • Science Fiction
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Akira Terao  •  Mitsuko Baisho  •  Toshie Negishi  •  Mieko Harada

Drunken Angel (1948) RT 100% / Audience 89%

DVD release: Nov 2007

A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Michiyo Kogure  •  Reisaburô Yamamoto  •  Toshiro Mifune  •  Takashi Shimura

Hakuchi (1951)

Kameda, who has been in an asylum on Okinawa, travels to Hokkaido. There he becomes involved with two women, Taeko and Ayako. Taeko comes to love Kameda, but is loved in turn ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Setsuko Hara  •  Masayuki Mori  •  Toshiro Mifune  •  Yoshiko Kuga

High and Low (1963)

An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Tatsuya Nakadai  •  Kyôko Kagawa  •  Tatsuya Mihashi

I Live in Fear (1955)

Kiichi Nakajima, an elderly foundry owner convinced that Japan will be affected by an imminent nuclear war, resolves to move his family to safety in Brazil. His family decides ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Takashi Shimura  •  Minoru Chiaki  •  Eiko Miyoshi

Ikiru (1952) RT 100% / Audience 97%

DVD release: Jan 2004

Kanji Watanabe is a middle-aged man who has worked in the same monotonous bureaucratic position for decades. Learning he has cancer, he starts to look for the meaning of his life.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Takashi Shimura  •  Haruo Tanaka  •  Nobuo Kaneko  •  Bokuzen Hidari

Kagemusha (1980) RT 86% / Audience 92%

DVD release: Mar 2005

When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • History • War
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Tatsuya Nakadai  •  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Jinpachi Nezu  •  Takashi Shimura




Madadayo (1993) RT 87% / Audience 81%

DVD release: Apr 2001

This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Tatsuo Matsumura  •  Kyôko Kagawa  •  Hisashi Igawa  •  George Tokoro

No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) RT 100% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Jan 2008

Yukie, the well-bred daughter of a university professor, is shocked when her father is relieved of his post for his political teachings, and even more so when her lover, one ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Setsuko Hara  •  Susumu Fujita  •  Denjirô Ôkôchi  •  Haruko Sugimura

One Wonderful Sunday (1947)

Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama • Romance
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Isao Numasaki  •  Chieko Nakakita  •  Atsushi Watanabe  •  Zeko Nakamura

Ran (1985) RT 96% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Nov 2005

Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Akira Terao  •  Jinpachi Nezu  •  Daisuke Ryû  •  Tatsuya Nakadai

Red Beard (1965) RT 77% / Audience 95%

DVD release: Jul 2002

Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Yûzô Kayama  •  Takashi Shimura  •  Kyôko Kagawa

Rhapsody in August (1991) RT 54% / Audience 74%

DVD release: Jul 2003

The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four grandchildren over the summer. She learns of a ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Sachiko Murase  •  Hisashi Igawa  •  Narumi Kayashima

Sanjuro (1962)

Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed "Sanjuro." In this companion piece and sequel to "Yojimbo," ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Tatsuya Nakadai  •  Keiju Kobayashi  •  Yûzô Kayama

Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

The story of Sanshiro, a strong stubborn youth, who travels into the city in order to learn Jujutsu. However, upon his arrival he discovers a new form of self-defence: Judo. ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Denjirô Ôkôchi  •  Susumu Fujita  •  Yukiko Todoroki  •  Takashi Shimura

Sanshiro Sugata Part II (1945)

In this government-suggested sequel, Sugata again grows as a judo master, and demonstrates his (and by extension, all Japanese) superiority to the foreign warrior.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Denjirô Ôkôchi  •  Susumu Fujita  •  Ryunosuke Tsukigata  •  Akitake Kôno

Scandal (1950) RT 91% / Audience 61%

DVD release: Sep 2000

Akira Kurosawa directed this drama about a paparazzi photo that a tabloid magazine spins into a scandalous story and soon sparks a court case.  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Takashi Shimura  •  Shirley Yamaguchi  •  Yôko Katsuragi