Sunday, May 29, 2011

Postwar Kurosawa: The Stray Dog

The Stray Dog (野良犬)

1949, Toho

Prod. Soujiro Motoki

Dir. Akira Kurosawa 

Writer Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Cinematography  Asakazu Nakai, Music Fumio Hayasaka

Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Isao Kimura

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Postwar Kurosawa: The Quiet Duel

The Quiet Duel (静かなる決闘)

1949, Daiei
Prod. Soujiro Motoki, Hisao Ichikawa
Dir. Akira Kurosawa 
Writer Senkichi Taniguchi, Akira Kurosawa, Cinematography  Souichi Aizaka, Music Akira Ifukube
Toshiro Mifune,
Takashi Shimura, Kenjiro Uemura, Miki Sanjo, Noriko Sengoku

In March 1948, Kurosawa, Soujiro Motoki, Kajiro Yamamoto and Senkichi Taniguchi formed “Eiga Geijutu Kyoukai (Cinema Art Society)”. Toho was at the last stage of Labor Union Conflict at the time and not a good place to direct a film. Kurosawa was deeply disappointed with the Union movement and left Toho for Daiei to direct his next film. “The Quiet Duel” is based on popular stage play, “Abortion Doctor”, by Kazuo Kikuta. The stage production (Minoru Chiaki as a lead) was a success, partly due to its provocative title. Kurosawa saw this production and was excited about its potential as a film material. Working title for the film was “Punishment without Crime”.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Postwar Kurosawa: Drunken Angel

Drunken Angel (酔いどれ天使)

1948, Toho
Prod. Soujiro Motoki
Dir. Akira Kurosawa 
Writer Keinosuke Uekusa, Akira Kurosawa, Cinematography  Takeo Ito, Music Ryouichi Hattori, Fumihiko Hayasaka
Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Reizaburo Yamamoto, Michiyo Kogure, Noriko Sengoku

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Postwar Kurosawa: One Wonderful Sunday

One Wonderful Sunday (素晴らしき日曜日)

1947, Toho
Prod. Soujiro Motoki
Dir. Akira Kurosawa 
Writer Keinosuke Uekusa, Cinematography  Asakazu Nakai, Music Tadashi Hattori
Isao Numazaki, Chieko Nakakita

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Postwar Kurosawa: No Regrets for Our Youth

Setsuko Hara in No Regrets for Our Youth

No Regrets for Our Youth (わが青春に悔なし)

1946, Toho
Prod. Tetsuji Matsuzaki
Dir. Akira Kurosawa 
Writer Eijiro Hisaita, Cinematography  Asakazu Nakai, Music Tadashi Hattori
Susumu Fujita, Setsuko Hara, Denjiro Okochi,

In 1946, the year "No Regrets for Our Youth" was released, two significant events took place in connection with the incident depicted in the film, "Kyoto University Case (Takigawa Incident)". 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Postwar Kurosawa

Out there, in print, or on internet or whatever, there are numerous reviews, writings, essays and books on Kurosawa's films. Many of them are by professional writers and critics and are well-researched, very thought-provoking. So what else to be added? If I were to write about his masterpieces, will readers get something new or interesting?
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