Postwar Kurosawa: Seven Samurai

  Seven Samurai (七人の侍) 1954, Toho Prod. Soujiro Motoki Dir. Akira Kurosawa  Writer Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Ogunii, Cinematography  Asakazu Nakai, Music Fumio Hayasaka Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune Many consider “Seven Samurai” a landmark in filmmaking. The film coined the term “samurai” in many languages. Gradual plot element buildup, …

Postwar Kurosawa: The Idiot

The Idiot (白痴)1951, ShochikuProd. Takashi KoideDir. Akira Kurosawa  Writer Eijiro Hisasaka, Akira Kurosawa, Cinematography  Toshio Ikukata, Music Fumio Hayasaka Masayuki Mori, Toshiro Mifune, Setsuko Hara, Takashi Shimura This film leaves me the strange aftertaste. Its heavy-handed acting, brooding plot elements, very ideological characterization, and misery of massive edit, all contributed …