Monday, February 24 2014
Akira Kurosawa’s samurai, Stuart Heisler’s gangster, Sergio Leone’s cowboy, and George Miller’s misfit suffer a similar black eye, but with dramatically different effect.
Sunday, August 14 2011
Mid-way through our series, Day 5 is a glorious mishmash of international auteurist cinema. Today we go from saints and sinners, from Brookyln to Britain, from the beginning of time to the Dystopian future, and around the world and beyond.
Wednesday, January 5 2011
As the medium continues to struggle with significance in the steady "streaming" of the 21st Century, here are PopMatters' picks for the best the format(s) have to offer.
Thursday, October 21 2010
The Individual As Institution: Power, Loss and Madness in Kurosawa's Ran and Shakespeare's King Lear
By identifying Lear with the ancient Japanese warlord Hidetora, whose violations emerge from a breach of publicly identified self-hood, Akira Kurosawa plays with the quintessentially Shakespearean focus on individual personality.
Thursday, October 21 2010
Today we bring to an end our examination of each of the films of Kurosawa directed in his amazing career. After the ambitious epic Ran, Kurosawa embarked a three smaller but more personal films.
Wednesday, April 9 2014
The Hidden Fortress is more "accessible" and "entertaining" than Rashômon, but Kurosawa's artistry is ever present.
Wednesday, March 26 2014
Throne of Blood plays with Noh's frightening incongruity, its delicacy of movement expressing mortifyingly indelicate actions, as when Washizu and Asaji deflate like punctured blow-up dolls as they resolve themselves to treason.
Tuesday, December 18 2012
Akira Kurosawa displays such mastery of the fundamental elements of film in Rashomon that it’s worth repeated viewings, and rewards the attentive viewer with the equivalent of a master class in film aesthetics.
Thursday, August 25 2011
Akira Kurosawa makes a daring attempt to tell an epic story of rich businessmen, determined cops, and the low-end criminals and drug addicts struggling to survive.
Monday, April 5 2010
Humor and irony evoke moral complexity in these classic films, now available in a truly stunning Blu-Ray transfer from Criterion.
Saturday, November 27 2010
Seven Samurai is so much more than a great film - and then again, that's exactly what it is.
Thursday, April 15 2010
To celebrate the release of AK 100 and the 100th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa's birth, Image Entertainment has provided PopMatters with these exclusive Kurosawa stills from
Thursday, April 1 2010
Akira Kurosawa, who directed 30 films in 50 years, is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in film history. Any student of
Monday, December 7 2009
AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa, The Criterion Collection [$399.00]