Akira Kurosawa Mini-Season
With a career spanning over fifty years and thirty films, Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa is regarded as one of the most influential and important directors in the history of cinema. Following a brief stint as a painter in the early 1930s, Kurosawa worked on film sets as an assistant director and scriptwriter, directing his first feature film in 1943 with Sanshiro Sugata. Following the war, he would direct Drunken Angel (1946) a critically acclaimed film in which Kurosawa cast Toshiro Mifune, at the time a little-known actor who would go on to collaborate with Kurosawa on another fifteen films.
Three of these films are showing at the Showroom in November, with big-screen re-releases of Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood and Yojimbo as part of the BFI’s Japan 2021: 100 Years of Japanese Cinema programme. These films remain some of the most respected and important Japanese films ever made: Throne of Blood is a distinctive reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth while Seven Samurai and Yojimbo both remade several times for Western audiences, would shape the action genre throughout the twentieth century. Vital and enormously influential, these films remain masterpieces in their own right several decades later.