One Wonderful Sunday (1947)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Subarashiki nichiyôbi Japan, 1947. Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Keinosuke Uekusa.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Tadashi Hattori.  Production Design by Kazuo Kubo.  Film Editing by Zenji Koizumi. Yuzo and Masako are engaged but can’t get married yet, their financial…

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Scandal (1950)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Original title:  Shûbun Japan, 1950.  Shochiku.  Screenplay by Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Toshio Ubukata.  Produced by Takashi Koide.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka.  Production Design by Tatsuo Hamada.  Costume Design by Bunjiro Suzuki.  Film Editing by Yoshi Sugihara.   Toshirô Mifune plays a painter who is capturing a…

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No Regrets For Our Youth (1946)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Waga seishun ni kuinashi Japan, 1946.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Eijiro Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa, Keiji Matsuzaki.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Keiji Matsuzaki.  Music by Tadashi Hattori.  Production Design by Keiji Kitagawa.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. As Japan prepares to enter the war, academic…

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Ikiru (1952)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Japan, 1952.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa,  Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Fumio Hayasaka.  Production Design by Takashi Matsuyama.  Film Editing by Koichi Iwashita.   A mild-manner civil servant (Takashi Shimura, getting a rare lead role from his frequent collaborator Akira Kurosawa) finds out that…

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Rhapsody In August (1991)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Original title:  Hachi-gatsu no Kyoshikiyoku Japan, 1991.  Feature Film Enterprise II, Kurosawa Production Co., Shôchiku Eiga.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, based on the novel Nabe no Naka by Kiyoko Murata.  Cinematography by Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda.  Produced by Hisao Kurosawa.  Music by Shinichiro Ikebe.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Kazuko Kurosawa.  Film…

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The Magnificent Seven (1960)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1960.  The Mirisch Company, Alpha Productions, Alpha.  Screenplay by William Roberts, based on the screenplay Shichinin No Samurai by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Charles Lang.  Produced by John Sturges.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Edward Fitzgerald.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.   Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is remade for the…

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Runaway Train (1985)

ANDREY KONCHALOVSKIY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1985.  Golan-Globus Productions, Northbrook Films.  Screenplay by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel, Edward Bunker, based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Alan Hume.  Produced by Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan.  Music by Trevor Jones.  Production Design by Stephen Marsh.  Costume Design by Katherine Dover.  Film Editing by Henry Richardson.   Exciting prison-break movie stars a terrific…

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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/Japan, 1990.  Warner Bros., Akira Kurosawa USA.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda.  Produced by Mike Y. Inoue, Hisao Kurosawa.  Music by Shinichiro Ikebe.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki, Akira Sakuragi.  Costume Design by Emi Wada.  Film Editing by Tome Minami.   Japan’s most celebrated filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa, delves into the…

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Kagemusha (1980)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Alternate title:  Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior Japan, 1980.  Kurosawa Production Co., Toho Company, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Masato Ide.  Cinematography by Takao Saito, Shoji Ueda.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa.  Music by Shinichiro Ikebe.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Seiichiro Hagakusawa.   Beautiful war epic by Akira Kurosawa that runs…

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Dersu Uzala (1975)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USSR/Japan, 1975.  Atelier 41, Daiei Studios, Mosfilm, Trete Tvorcheskoe Obedinenie.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Yuriy Nagibin, based on the novel Dersu, Okhotnik by Vladimir Arsenev.  Cinematography by Fyodor Dobronravov, Yuriy Gantman, Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Yoichi Matsue.  Music by Isaac Schwarts.  Production Design by Yuriy Raksha.  Costume Design by Tatyana Lichmanova.  Film Editing by Valentina Stepanova.  …

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Dodes’ka-den (1970)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Japan, 1970.  Toho Company, Yonki-no-Kai Productions.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, based on the novel Kisetsu No Nai Machi by Shugoro Yamamoto.  Cinematography by Yasumichi Fukuzawa,Takao Saito.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa, Yoichi Matsue.  Music by Toru Takemitsu.  Production Design by Shinobu Muraki, Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Miyuki Suzuki.  Film Editing by Reiko…

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Red Beard (1965)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Akahige Japan, 1965.  Kurosawa Production Co., Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, Masato Ide, based on the novel Akahige shinryo Tan by Shugoro Yamamoto.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito.  Produced by Ryuzo Kikushima, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Yoshiko Samejima.  Film Editing…

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