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25 Days of Akira Kurosawa

While some of you may already know, I was fortunate enough to recently receive the Criterion (AK100) Akira Kurosawa 25 DVD box set as a birthday present from my lovely and talented wife Greta. While I probably should have posted this before beginning to watch the films, I have only now decided to watch and review the 25 films in chronological order throughout the rest of January. For anyone not familiar with the 50 years of Kurosawa’s films, the topics range widely from a World War 2 Propaganda film to Samurai epics to Film Noir to Shakespearean adaptations. And now on to enjoying some of the  most beautifully and skillfully made films in the history of cinema (Klaus Ming January 2011).

The set includes:

Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
Ichiban Utsukushiku (1944)
Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two (1945)
The Men Who Tread On The Tiger’s Tail (1945)
No Regrets For Our Youth (1946)
One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
Drunken Angel (1948)
Stray Dog (1949)
Scandal (1950)
Rashomon (1950)
The Idiot (1951)
Ikiru (1952)
Seven Samurai (1954)
I Live In Fear (1955)
Throne Of Blood (1957)
The Lower Depths (1957)
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
Yojimbo (1961)
Sanjuro (1962)
High And Low (1963)
Red Beard (1965)
Dodes’ka-Den (1970)
Kagemusha (1980)
Madadayo (1993)

13 comments on “25 Days of Akira Kurosawa

  1. joem18b

    lucky you. i’ll be posting a review of Red Beard sometime this month, so i’ll be watching for your take on it. maybe i’ll quote you.

  2. Klaus

    Thanks, I’ll definitely be checking out your review as well. You might also want to check out Marc’s “12 Days of Kurosawa” at Go, See, Talk


  3. Dave Becker

    What a great gift! And yes, 25 days watching Kurosawa films is as awesome as it gets..both RASHOMON and SEVEN SAMURAI rank among my favorites of all time.

    • Klaus

      It sure is. I hope I don’t OD on Kurosawa. I’m hoping my obsessive compulsive personality will get me through 😉

  4. Marc

    I guess because The Hidden Fortress was the inspiration for Star Wars, it’s fitting when I say seeing Kurosawa films allows a newbie to have “taken your first step into a larger world”

    My 12 Days of Kurosawa gave me a greater appreciation for not only his films but cinema outside my comfort zone. Best of luck Klaus!!

    Oh and thanks for the plug:)

    • Klaus

      Thanks! I think I’m up for a challenge, and so far its one which i’m very much enjoying – at least after 4 films in. Hopefully i’ll be as enthusiastic at the end 🙂

  5. Dave Becker

    Not sure if it’s possible to OD on Kurosawa, but if it is, I wouldn’t mind risking it myself!

  6. Klaus

    Six films in and they just keep getting better. I like the way this is going!

  7. Klaus

    The first of the better known Kurosawa films is next! – Rashomon (1950). I’m really looking forward to it.

  8. Klaus

    Ikuru (1952) is an incredible piece of film making! while Kurosawa’s first films were remarkable, his growth as a film maker is astonishing as you chronologically move through his catalogue.

  9. Klaus

    The Lower Depths (1957) is the first Kurosawa film from AK100 that I didn’t really enjoy. While there is a good deal of artistry in the production, including some great performances – but remains essentially a play – which didn’t really benefit from being filmed.

  10. Klaus

    Five films left and three days to go…will I do it?

  11. Klaus

    Today is the last day and I have only Madadayo (1993) to finish watching. I may take a break from Kurosawa before ferreting out his remaining films.

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