AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa (The Criterion Collection)
(Various; US DVD: 8 Dec 2009)
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 film worth their salt knows the minutia of Kurosawa’s obsessions and the timeless grandeur of his symphonic productions. In addition to being a vital element to the film canon, Kurosawa’s films have been fundamental to the development and expansion of The Criterion Collection, as well. The Seven Samurai (1954) is the second title in the Collection, followed by other critically important works such as Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962)..
In honor of the brilliant director’s forthcoming 100th birthday, Criterion just released this prized limited edition boxset, AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa. The set includes world renowned and previously released works, such as those noted above, and films previously unavailable in the US and new to the collection: Sanshiro Sugata, The Most Beautiful, Sanshiro Sugata pt II and They Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail.
In addition to the films, AK 100 also features a 96-page hardbound book on the director and his work. This will be a truly appreciated life-time gift for the serious film aficionado.