Japan 2021


+ Inside Cinema: Akira Kurosawa

This entertaining ‘samurai western’ stars Toshiro Mifune as a masterless Samurai who causes trouble in a small town.

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© 1954 Toho Co Ltd. All rights reserved

Japan 1961
Dir Akira Kurosawa
With Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura, Yôko Tsukasa, Daisuke Katô
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

Akira Kurosawa’s supremely entertaining ‘samurai western’ stars Toshirô Mifune at his most mesmerically charismatic. Mifune brings a raw, animal energy to his portrayal of Sanjuro, a masterless samurai who wanders into a desolate small town divided between two rival gangs, and proceeds to play both off against each other – until events spiral into vicious violence and he must finally pick a side.

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+ Inside Cinema: Akira Kurosawa
Little Dot Studios-BBC 2021. 6min
A short video essay exploring Akira Kurosawa’s influential samurai films.

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