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KUROSAWA CENTURY
June 19, 2010 until July 10, 2010

2010 is the centenary of legendary Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa. The Canadian Film Institute is honoured to present a selection of rare and remarkable works by this extraordinary, influential master filmmaker.  Born March 23, 1910 in Tokyo, Akira Kurosawa made 30 feature films in a career that spanned five decades.  The director’s breakthrough film on the world stage was the infamous RASHOMON (1950), a penetrating study of crime and the workings of narrative.  Kurosawa not only deeply influenced film culture and filmmakers the world over but himself acknowledged the influence of other cultures and art forms on his creative vision.  Indeed, over the course of his remarkable career, Kurosawa proved himself master of the art of film adaptation, including at least two bona fide Shakespeare-adaptation masterpieces: THRONE OF BLOOD (1957), Kurosawa’s chilling retelling of MACBETH in feudal Japan; and RAN (1985), his powerful, epic reworking of the Bard’s KING LEAR. 

Three of the four films featured in the CFI’s presentation of KUROSAWA CENTURY are adaptations: THE LOWER DEPTHS (1957) is Kurosawa’s imaginative adaptation of Russian author Maxim Gorky’s classic play of the same name; HIGH AND LOW (1963), based on American author Ed McBain’s KING’S RANSOM, demonstrates the profound impact of American culture on the director; and in his moving and thought-provoking drama THE IDIOT (1951), Kurosawa adapted the Russian master Dostoevsky’s heartbreaking novel. 

KUROSAWA CENTURY opens with an early Kurosawa, DRUNKEN ANGEL (1948).  Co-scripted by the director with Keinosuke Uegusa, the film is a powerful opening to this series of Kurosawa’s lesser known but no less remarkable films.  In his fine art of inspiration, adaptation and creation, Kurosawa captured much of what defines the world, and the 20th century in particular, and made it so unforgettable.  On the centenary of his birth, as these four films attest, we cannot forget Kurosawa either.

Program:
Akira Kurosawa  •  Japan  •  1948  •  98 min
Saturday, June 19, 2010, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
English Subtitles
 
Akira Kurosawa  •  Japan  •  1957  •  125 min
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 8:30 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
English Subtitles
 
Akira Kurosawa  •  Japan  •  1963  •  143 min
Saturday, July 3, 2010, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
English Subtitles
 
Akira Kurosawa  •  Japan  •  1951  •  166 min
Saturday, July 10, 2010, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
English Subtitles