Postwar Kurosawa: Rashomon

My first encounter with the film “Rashomon” was almost thirty years ago, when I was still a teenager in the local city in the western part of Japan. The story was a familiar one: “Rashomon” and “Yabu no Naka (In the Grove)”, two Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s short novels on which the …

Postwar Kurosawa: Scandal

Scandal (醜聞)1950, Shochiku Prod. Takashi KoideDir. Akira Kurosawa  Writer Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Cinematography  Toshio Ikukata, Music Fumio Hayasaka Toshiro Mifune, Yoshiko Yamagushi, Takashi Shimura Between Furrows The man I met at Komagata-ya (local bar/izaka-ya) created the character of Hiruta. Not me. Akira Kurosawa In his autobiography, Kurosawa confessed he …