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Directors DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of AKIRA KUROSAWA

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  1. Jim_K

    Jim_K Well-Known Member

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    DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of AKIRA KUROSAWA

    Rank ‘em, rate ‘em, review ‘em or whatever.

    AKIRA KUROSAWA

    Madadayo (1993)
    Rhapsody in August (1991)
    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
    Ran (1985)
    Kagemusha (1980)
    Dersu Uzala (1975)
    Dodes'ka-den (1970)
    Red Beard (1965)
    High and Low (1963)
    Sanjûrô (1962)
    Yojimbo (1961)
    The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
    The Hidden Fortress (1958)
    The Lower Depths (1957)
    Throne of Blood (1957)
    I Live in Fear (1955)
    Seven Samurai (1954)
    Ikiru (1952)
    The Idiot (1951)
    Rashômon (1950)
    Scandal (1950)
    Stray Dog (1949)
    A Silent Duel (1949)
    Drunken Angel (1948)
    One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
    No Regrets for My Youth (1946)
    Those Who Make Tomorrow (1946)
    Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945)
    The Men Who Tread On the Tiger's Tail (1945)
    Most Beautifully (1944)
    Sugata Sanshiro (1943)
     
  2. Jim_K

    Jim_K Well-Known Member

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    Ratings out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]


    AKIRA KUROSAWA (1910 - 1998)


    Madadayo (1993) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Rhapsody in August (1991) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ran (1985) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Kagemusha (1980) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Dersu Uzala (1975)
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    Dodes'ka-den (1970) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Red Beard (1965) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    High and Low (1963)
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    Sanjûrô (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Yojimbo (1961) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
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    The Hidden Fortress (1958) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Lower Depths (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Throne of Blood (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I Live in Fear (1955) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Seven Samurai (1954) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ikiru (1952)
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    The Idiot (1951) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Rashômon (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Scandal (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Stray Dog (1949)
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    The Quiet Duel (1949) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Drunken Angel (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
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    No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Those Who Make Tomorrow (1946)
    Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Men Who Tread On the Tiger's Tail (1945) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Most Beautifully (1944) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sugata Sanshiro (1943)
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  3. JonZ

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    In my collection,out of 4[​IMG]s..........

    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ran (1985) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Kagemusha (1980) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Red Beard (1965) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Sanjûrô (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Yojimbo (1961) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Hidden Fortress (1958)[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Throne of Blood (1957)[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Seven Samurai (1954) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (In my all time top 10)
    Ikiru (1952) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (In my all time top 10)
    Rashômon (1950) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. SteveGon

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    Madadayo (1993) ***
    Rhapsody in August (1991) ***
    Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) ***
    Ran (1985) ****
    Kagemusha (1980) ***[​IMG]
    Dersu Uzala (1975) ****
    Dodes'ka-den (1970) ***
    Red Beard (1965) ***
    High and Low (1963) ***[​IMG]
    Sanjûrô (1962) ***
    Yojimbo (1961) ****
    The Bad Sleep Well (1960) ***
    The Hidden Fortress (1958) ***[​IMG]
    The Lower Depths (1957) ***
    Throne of Blood (1957) ****
    I Live in Fear (1955) ***
    Seven Samurai (1954) ****
    Ikiru (1952) ****
    The Idiot (1951) ***
    Rashômon (1950) ****
    Scandal (1950) ***
    Stray Dog (1949) ***
    A Silent Duel (1949) ***
    Drunken Angel (1948) ***
    One Wonderful Sunday (1947) ***
    No Regrets for My Youth (1946) ***

    Those Who Make Tomorrow (1946)
    Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945) **
    The Men Who Tread On the Tiger's Tail (1945) ***
    Most Beautifully (1944) **[​IMG]
    Sugata Sanshiro (1943)
    ***
     
  5. george kaplan

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    AKIRA KUROSAWA

    Seen: 7*
    Like: 3
    Own: 3

    Rank order:

    Rashomon
    Throne of Blood
    Sanjuro
    Yojimbo
    Stray Dog
    Kagemusha
    Seven Samurai


    * - I've technically seen 8, since I've seen Ran, but it was so long ago, that I wouldn't know where to place it in the rank orderings, so I'm not counting it.
     
  6. ChrisV

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    AKIRA KUROSAWA

    Finally, some movies I've actually seen. I'm a fan of Kurosawa, and I have been since first seeing Seven Samurai (a film that I think deserves every bit of the praise that is heaped upon it). Since then I've seen quite a few, and enjoyed almost all of them. Seven Samurai remains a favourite, and many other Kurosawa films have joined it. I count Throne of Blood, The Hidden Fortress, Sanjuro, High and Low, and Stray Dog among my favourites, with many of the others close behind.

    Here they are ranked, although it gets muddy with rankings changing based on how recently I've seen them. Even looking at the list I'm not happy with how low wonderful films like Red Beard and The Lower Depths are.

    Seven Samurai (1954)
    Throne of Blood (1957)
    The Hidden Fortress (1958)
    Sanjûrô (1962)
    Stray Dog (1949)
    High and Low (1963)
    Ikiru (1952)
    Rashômon (1950)
    Ran (1985)
    Red Beard (1965)
    Yojimbo (1961)
    The Lower Depths (1957)
    Dersu Uzala (1975)
    Madadayo (1993)
     
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    *1. Ikiru - A (#1 all-time)
    *2. Rashomon - A
    *3. Ran - A

    *4. Yojimbo - A
    *5. Madadayo - A
    (criminally underseen and underrated, as good as his classics)
    *6. Stray Dog - A
    *7. Red Beard - A
    *8. Throne Of Blood - A
    9. The Seven Samurai - A

    10. Drunken Angel - A
    11. High And Low - A-
    (brilliant first half but the police procedural stuff gets a tad dry)
    12. Dersu Uzala - A- (gorgeous, but for whatever reason, doesn't register as much as films with similar subject matter like The Wild Child and Kaspar Hauser)
    *13. The Bad Sleep Well - A-
    *14. The Hidden Fortress - A-
    15. Rhapsody in August - B+
    *16. Kagemusha - B+
    (need to see again)
    17. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams - B+
    18. Dodes'ka-den - B+
    19. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail - B+
    *20. One Wonderful Sunday - B+
    21. Sanshiro Sugata - B+


    *22. Scandal - B
    *23. No Regrets For Our Youth - B
    24. The Lower Depths - B
    25. The Most Beautiful - B
    26. Sanjuro - B-
    (need to see again, the only Kurosawa film I've seen that I was unimpressed by.)

    Own: 15 (2 Blu)
     
  8. Kirk Tsai

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    Ranking:

    1. Seven Samurai
    2. Kagemusha
    3. Ikiru
    4. Dersu Uzala
    5. High and Low
    6. Red Beard
    7. Rashomon
    8. Stray Dog
    9. The Bad Sleep Well
    10. Yojimbo
    11. Throne of Blood
    12. Madadayo
    13. Ran
    14. Sanjuro
    15. The Hidden Fortress
    16. Rhapsody in August
    17. Dreams
     
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    Ratings from (Own the DVD)
    Those Who Make Tomorrow (1946)
    Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945)
    The Men Who Tread On the Tiger's Tail (1945)
    The Most Beautiful (1944)
    Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

    Seen 25
    Own 24
     
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    God I love Kurosawa!

    I'm going to have to get back to this one. Too much to think about!
     
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    Throne of Blood

    Ran

    Seven Samurai

    Yojimbo

    Kagemusha

    Ikiru

    Dersu Uzala

    Rashomon

    The Hidden Fortress

    High and Low

    Stray Dog

    Sanjuro


    I consider all of the above movies to be masterpieces, with the top 6 being particularly noteworthy.

    I have also seen Red Beard, Dreams, Madadayo and Rhapsody in August and although they are also excellent films in their own rights, I don't consider them "top tier" Kurosawa. Believe me, that says a lot in terms of the quality of the other films!

    I have Kagemusha downstairs waiting to be watched...can't wait.
     
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    Frenzy is a very good, underrated Hitchcock movie Arman. I think you will enjoy it.
     
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    Updated Master list...............................
     
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    KUROSAWA

    Ran (1985) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] first Kurosawa, need to see again, only seen on MARVHS
    Red Beard (1965) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - I'd never expected this film to become so perfect by the end, truly masteful
    High and Low (1963) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - Brilliant throughout, two different acts but each are incredibly compelling.
    Sanjûrô (1962) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - probably the weakest Kurosawa I've seen
    Yojimbo (1961) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]/2 - I want to see it again, but this is a damn wonderful little film
    Throne of Blood (1957) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - heheheh Macbeth you devil! Wonderful moody piece of expressionism
    Seven Samurai (1954) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - sublime perfection, I'll watch it anyday and I've given it a standing ovation after seeing the gorgeous new print.
    Ikiru (1952) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - if Japaneseness mattered at all, Kurosawa proves his with this masterful genjai-geki
    Rashômon (1950) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] - I need to see this again, but damn if it isn't briliant


    Ranking:
    1. Seven Samurai
    2. Red Bearch
    3. Ikiru
    4. Throne of Blood
    5. Rashomon
    6. High and Low
    7. Yojimbo
    8. Ran
    9. Sanjuro
     
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    Not a lot of love for Sanjuro in this thread. I consider it to be a great film, very fun to watch and very funny. Toshiro Mifune is fabulous again as his iconic character. A very underrated Kurosawa film in my opinion. Perhaps it gets overlooked because it is not as serious as most of his films. I rate The Hidden Fortress pretty high, too, so I guess I'm drawn to the more lighthearted pictures.
     
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    Chris-

    If I answer this same question a month from now, Sanjuro could easily wind up 3 or 4 spots higher on my list than it is right now. It may well be that I haven't seen Sanjuro longer than any of the other Kurosawa films on my list, and a fresh showing may make it shoot up a few spots.

    Regardless, I definitely love Sanjuro. It's just when you are trying to place all these GREAT movies in order, you are bound to run into some difficulty. [​IMG]
     
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    I hear you. I just watched Ran again last night and was blown away. What could I possibly have been thinking ranking it midway through the pack? Clearly it's a masterpiece. [​IMG] If I was ro redo my list today, I'd put it at number three. Like you say, it's very difficult to rank such wonderful movies.
     
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    I've only seen:

    Ran (1985)
    Kagemusha (1980)
    High and Low (1963)
    Sanjûrô (1962)
    Yojimbo (1961)
    The Hidden Fortress (1958)
    Throne of Blood (1957)
    Seven Samurai (1954)
    Ikiru (1952)
    Rashômon (1950)
     

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