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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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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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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High And Low (1963)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Tengoku to Jigoku Japan, 1963.  Kurosawa Production Co., Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, Eijiro Hisaita, based on the novel Kingu no Minoshirokin by Evan Hunter.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito.  Produced by Ryuzo Kikushima, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by…

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Sanjuro (1962)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Tsubaki Sanjuro Japan, 1962.  Toho Company, Kurosawa Production Co..  Screenplay by Hideo Oguni, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, based on the novel Nichinichi Heian by Shugoro Yamamoto.  Cinematography by Fukuzo Koizumi, Takao Saito.  Produced by Ryuzo Kikushima, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki. A lighter, more comedic…

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The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Japan, 1960.  Toho Company, Kurosawa Production Co..  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima, Eijiro Hisaita, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto.  Cinematography by Yuzuru Aizawa.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa, Tomoyuki Tanaka.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Shoji Kurihara.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. Stunning drama by Akira Kurosawa that features…

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The Hidden Fortress (1958)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Kakushi Toride No San Akunin Japan, 1958.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa.  Cinematography by Kazuo Yamasaki.  Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Akira Kurosawa.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Masahiro Kato.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Critics have often told…

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The Lower Depths (1957)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Donzoko Japan, 1957.  Toho Company.  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, based on the play by Maxim Gorky.  Cinematography by Kazuo Yamasaki.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa. Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Yoshiko Samejima.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa. Kurosawa’s great admiration for the theatre and for…

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Throne Of Blood (1957)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Kumonosu-Joo Japan, 1957.  Toho Company, Kurosawa Production Co..  Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima, based on the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Akira Kurosawa, Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Taiki Mori.   Akira Kurosawa adapts…

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I Live In Fear: Record Of A Living Being (1955)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Ikimono No Kiroku Japan, 1955.  Toho Company.  Story by Akira Kurosawa, Fumio Hayasaka, Screenplay by Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni.  Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai.  Produced by Sojiro Motoki.  Music by Masaru Sato.  Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki.  Costume Design by Miyuki Suzuki.  Film Editing by Chozo Kobata.   Toshirô Mifune dons age makeup to play the…

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Seven Samurai (1954)

AKIRA KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Original title:  Shichinin No Samurai Alternate title:  The Magnificent Seven Japan, 1954.  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.  Costume Design by Kohei Ezaki, Mieko Yamaguchi.  Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa.  Podcast:  My Criterions.   Epic masterpiece by Akira…

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