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DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of AKIRA KUROSAWA


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#1 of 93 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted May 01 2005 - 11:08 PM

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)



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#2 of 93 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted May 01 2005 - 11:09 PM

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AKIRA KUROSAWA (1910 - 1998)


Madadayo (1993) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Rhapsody in August (1991) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Ran (1985) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Kagemusha (1980) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Dersu Uzala (1975)
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Dodes'ka-den (1970) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Red Beard (1965) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
High and Low (1963)
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Sanjûrô (1962) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Yojimbo (1961) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
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The Hidden Fortress (1958) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Lower Depths (1957) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Throne of Blood (1957) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
I Live in Fear (1955) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Seven Samurai (1954) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Ikiru (1952)
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The Idiot (1951) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Rashômon (1950) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Scandal (1950) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Stray Dog (1949)
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The Quiet Duel (1949) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Drunken Angel (1948) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
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No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Those Who Make Tomorrow (1946)
Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945) Posted Image Posted Image
The Men Who Tread On the Tiger's Tail (1945) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Most Beautifully (1944) Posted Image Posted Image
Sugata Sanshiro (1943)
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#3 of 93 OFFLINE   JonZ

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Posted May 02 2005 - 12:31 AM

In my collection,out of 4Posted Images..........

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

#4 of 93 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted May 02 2005 - 02:22 AM

Madadayo (1993) ***
Rhapsody in August (1991) ***
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) ***
Ran (1985) ****
Kagemusha (1980) ***Posted Image
Dersu Uzala (1975) ****
Dodes'ka-den (1970) ***
Red Beard (1965) ***
High and Low (1963) ***Posted Image
Sanjûrô (1962) ***
Yojimbo (1961) ****
The Bad Sleep Well (1960) ***
The Hidden Fortress (1958) ***Posted Image
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) **Posted Image
Sugata Sanshiro (1943)
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#5 of 93 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted May 02 2005 - 03:33 AM

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.
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#6 of 93 OFFLINE   ChrisV

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Posted May 02 2005 - 07:09 AM

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)

#7 of 93 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted May 02 2005 - 07:42 AM

*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.)

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#8 of 93 OFFLINE   Kirk Tsai

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Posted May 02 2005 - 08:01 AM

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

#9 of 93 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted May 02 2005 - 09:16 AM

Ratings from Posted Image to Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Madadayo (1993) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
Rhapsody in August (1991) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Ran (1985) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the Blu)
Kagemusha (1980) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the Blu)
Dersu Uzala (1975) Posted Image Posted Image
Dodes'ka-den (1970) Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Red Beard (1965) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
High and Low (1963) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Sanjûrô (1962) Posted Image Posted Image (Own the Blu)
Yojimbo (1961) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the Blu)
The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
The Hidden Fortress (1958) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
The Lower Depths (1957) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Throne of Blood (1957) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
I Live in Fear (1955) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Seven Samurai (1954) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Ikiru (1952) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
The Idiot (1951) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Rashomon (1950) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Scandal (1950) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Stray Dog (1949) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
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Drunken Angel (1948) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
One Wonderful Sunday (1947) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (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


       

#10 of 93 OFFLINE   Rob Tomlin

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Posted May 02 2005 - 10:28 AM

God I love Kurosawa!

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

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#11 of 93 OFFLINE   Rob Tomlin

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Posted May 02 2005 - 11:38 AM


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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Posted May 02 2005 - 12:17 PM

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#13 of 93 OFFLINE   Rob Tomlin

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Posted May 02 2005 - 01:17 PM

Frenzy is a very good, underrated Hitchcock movie Arman. I think you will enjoy it.
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#14 of 93 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted May 02 2005 - 02:09 PM

Updated Master list...............................
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Posted May 02 2005 - 03:15 PM

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#16 of 93 OFFLINE   Adam_S

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Posted May 02 2005 - 05:46 PM

KUROSAWA

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


Ranking:
    [*]Seven Samurai[*]Red Bearch[*]Ikiru[*]Throne of Blood[*]Rashomon[*]High and Low[*]Yojimbo[*]Ran[*]Sanjuro

 

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Posted May 03 2005 - 05:43 AM

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.

#18 of 93 OFFLINE   Rob Tomlin

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Posted May 03 2005 - 11:19 AM

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. Posted Image

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#19 of 93 OFFLINE   ChrisV

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Posted May 04 2005 - 04:49 AM

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. Posted Image 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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Posted May 05 2005 - 11:48 AM

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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