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

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

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 • Foreign
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Richard Gere  •  Sachiko Murase  •  Hisashi Igawa  •  Narumi Kayashima

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  •  Ishirô Honda
CAST:  Akira Terao  •  Mitsuko Baisho  •  Toshie Negishi  •  Mieko Harada

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

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

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

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

DVD release: Jul 2002

Set in feudal times, novice physician, Yuzo Kayama, is sent to a poor infirmary expecting just to visit, but is infuriated to learn he must stay. He tries to provoke his ...  (more)

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

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




Sanjuro (1962)

A crafty ronin helps a young man and his fellow samurai save his uncle, their lord chamberlain Mutsuta, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt local superintendent.  (more)

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

Yojimbo (1961) RT 97% / Audience 96%

DVD release: Sep 1999

The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Tatsuya Nakadai  •  Yôko Tsukasa  •  Isuzu Yamada

The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

A young executive hunts down his father’s killer. Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa combines elements of Hamlet and American film noir ...  (more)

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

The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Takashi Shimura  •  Minoru Chiaki  •  Misa Uehara

The Lower Depths (1957)

In a run-down Edo tenement, an elderly man (Rokubei) and his bitter wife (Osugi) rent out rooms and beds to the poor. The tenants are gamblers, prostitutes, petty thieves and ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Foreign
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Isuzu Yamada  •  Kyôko Kagawa  •  Ganjiro Nakamura

Throne of Blood (1957)

Mikio and Washizu are the commanders of the 1st and 2nd Fortress under a local lord, who reigns in the Spiders' Web Castle. After defeating the lord's enemies in battle, they ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Isuzu Yamada  •  Akira Kubo  •  Hiroshi Tachikawa

I Live in Fear (1955)

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

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

Seven Samurai (1954) RT Audience 89%

A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Toshiro Mifune  •  Takashi Shimura  •  Yoshio Inaba  •  Seiji Miyaguchi

The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)

Yoshitsune Minamoto, disguised with his retinue as monks, must make do with a comical porter as their guide through hostile territory en route to safety.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Akira Kurosawa
CAST:  Denjirô Ôkôchi  •  Susumu Fujita  •  Kenichi Enomoto  •  Masayuki Mori

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