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High and Low (1963)
I was a bit disappointed with this film because I thought it was going to be more a character study. Instead, it’s really a detective/crime thriller. I can’t really blame the film for not being what I expected, but I just didn’t find the detective story that interesting. I guess it’s just because I’ve seen too many of these procedural-type stories already. Oh well, the direction is brilliant, of course, and the performances are good. Not my favourite Akira Kurosawa film by a long shot though.

High and Low (1963)

I was a bit disappointed with this film because I thought it was going to be more a character study. Instead, it’s really a detective/crime thriller. I can’t really blame the film for not being what I expected, but I just didn’t find the detective story that interesting. I guess it’s just because I’ve seen too many of these procedural-type stories already. Oh well, the direction is brilliant, of course, and the performances are good. Not my favourite Akira Kurosawa film by a long shot though.

Ikiru (1952)
Akira Kurosawa is most famous for his samurai and period piece films, and those are the the only kind I’ve seen from him until now. With this film, he certainly shows he can do excellent work in other genres too. The story of this film revolves around a man who is told he has only a short time to live. I found it to be a nice, lovely and touching film. Takashi Shimura gives a great performance, and the whole thing is captured gorgeously by Kurosawa’s direction. I didn’t like the final hour or so as much as the rest, I have to say. The ending was beautiful though.

Ikiru (1952)

Akira Kurosawa is most famous for his samurai and period piece films, and those are the the only kind I’ve seen from him until now. With this film, he certainly shows he can do excellent work in other genres too. The story of this film revolves around a man who is told he has only a short time to live. I found it to be a nice, lovely and touching film. Takashi Shimura gives a great performance, and the whole thing is captured gorgeously by Kurosawa’s direction. I didn’t like the final hour or so as much as the rest, I have to say. The ending was beautiful though.

Throne of Blood (1957)
Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare play, so seeing Kurosawa’s take on the classic story was pretty cool. However, he didn’t strictly stick to the story. Some of the changes were clearly made to fit in with the ancient Japan setting. He made a fairly major change at the end though, and I kind of miss the original ending. Anyway, it looked great and the costumes were fantastic, as usual. It’s probably my least favourite Kurosawa film I’ve seen, but one of his films is still better than most others.

Throne of Blood (1957)

Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare play, so seeing Kurosawa’s take on the classic story was pretty cool. However, he didn’t strictly stick to the story. Some of the changes were clearly made to fit in with the ancient Japan setting. He made a fairly major change at the end though, and I kind of miss the original ending. Anyway, it looked great and the costumes were fantastic, as usual. It’s probably my least favourite Kurosawa film I’ve seen, but one of his films is still better than most others.

Ran (1985)
This is probably one of the best film epics I’ve seen. Kurosawa continually impresses me. Not a lot of directors were doing films as grand and well-made in the 80s, which speaks to his integrity. This one is based on Shakespeare’s King Lear, of which I know pretty much nothing, but I found the story enjoyable and easy to follow. The cinematography was gorgeous and the use of colour was fantastic. It was always a pleasure to look at. The battle scenes were very well done and the performances were good too.

Ran (1985)

This is probably one of the best film epics I’ve seen. Kurosawa continually impresses me. Not a lot of directors were doing films as grand and well-made in the 80s, which speaks to his integrity. This one is based on Shakespeare’s King Lear, of which I know pretty much nothing, but I found the story enjoyable and easy to follow. The cinematography was gorgeous and the use of colour was fantastic. It was always a pleasure to look at. The battle scenes were very well done and the performances were good too.

Yojimbo (1961)
I was reasonably familiar with the story of this film, having previously seen the remake A Fistful of Dollars (1964). It was still very much enjoyable though. It obviously also reminded me of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954). I don’t know what much I can say about it. Kurosawa was a genius. Everyone knows that. It’s just a great story which is expertly shot and contains a legendary performance from Toshiro Mifune.

Yojimbo (1961)

I was reasonably familiar with the story of this film, having previously seen the remake A Fistful of Dollars (1964). It was still very much enjoyable though. It obviously also reminded me of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954). I don’t know what much I can say about it. Kurosawa was a genius. Everyone knows that. It’s just a great story which is expertly shot and contains a legendary performance from Toshiro Mifune.

Rashomon (1950)
P365 Film #328
This film is about the murder of a samurai, as told through several different perspectives. This leaves the audience wondering what the truth really is. This is only the second Akira Kurosawa film I’ve seen, but I’m pretty much ready to declare him a genius. The direction and cinematography in this were amazing. I really like how the story was told too. I think a modern-day remake might actually be a good idea for this film.

Rashomon (1950)

P365 Film #328

This film is about the murder of a samurai, as told through several different perspectives. This leaves the audience wondering what the truth really is. This is only the second Akira Kurosawa film I’ve seen, but I’m pretty much ready to declare him a genius. The direction and cinematography in this were amazing. I really like how the story was told too. I think a modern-day remake might actually be a good idea for this film.


Seven Samurai (1954)
P365 Film #253
It’s always a bit of a weird experience when you watch very famous or very well-regarded films for the first time. I think this one ended up being pretty much exactly like I expected, and that’s not a bad thing. It was really good. It’s the story of a village of farmers in ancient Japan who hire some samurai to protect them from bandits. At almost 3.5 hours in length, it might be hard going for some people, but it didn’t feel excessive or anything to me. The action was a little tame by today’s standards, but it was still great. It had some nice comedy moments too, as well as some really good emotional ones. It’s easy to see its influence on films that came afterwards. Having seen it recently, I was pretty immediately reminded of 13 Assassins (2010). So, yeah, if you haven’t seen this true classic, definitely give it a watch.

Seven Samurai (1954)

P365 Film #253

It’s always a bit of a weird experience when you watch very famous or very well-regarded films for the first time. I think this one ended up being pretty much exactly like I expected, and that’s not a bad thing. It was really good. It’s the story of a village of farmers in ancient Japan who hire some samurai to protect them from bandits. At almost 3.5 hours in length, it might be hard going for some people, but it didn’t feel excessive or anything to me. The action was a little tame by today’s standards, but it was still great. It had some nice comedy moments too, as well as some really good emotional ones. It’s easy to see its influence on films that came afterwards. Having seen it recently, I was pretty immediately reminded of 13 Assassins (2010). So, yeah, if you haven’t seen this true classic, definitely give it a watch.