Akira Kurosawa cinematic artist
Today I talk about Akira Kurosawa again in my second follow up artcle to my throne of blood review. Akira Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 yet many know so much about his wonderful character driven movies in the second part of my three part tribute string to the wonderful Akira Kurosawa as I will explore his noir classics in my last part of this tribute string of articles. So today I talk about the wonderful dramas by Akira Kurosawa so i talk these classics today.
No Regrets for Our Youth review
No Regrets for Our Youth shows the great Japanese director delving into an area not usually attributed with his body of work: empathizing with a female protagonist. Its rarely in Akira Kurosawa’s work do we see this female lead drive the tale.
No Regrets for Our Youth stars one of Japan’s most famous actresses and favorite of the director Yasujiro Ozu, Setsuko Hara. Hara plays the lead role of Yukie, the daughter of a Kyoto University professor who was relieved of his job.
Yasujiro Ozu’s really would come into her own in Yasujiro Ozu’s home drama classics as she truly plays one Akira Kurosawa’s passionate, reluctant heroine in this 1946 anti-war melodrama. It’s her amazing acting that drives the movie forward as you truly do see the future greatness to come from her. She channels home this character. Yasujiro Ozu gives us among her finest of performances in this role. The other performances are very good but not the level of Yasujiro Ozu whom truly nails a fine role. It’s a wonderful classic that truly is one of the fine early films by Akira Kurosawa.
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One Wonderful Sunday review
Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially because Masako’s optimism and belief in dreams is able to lift Yuzo from his realistic despair.
Yuzo (Isao Numasaki) and his fiancée Masako (Chieko Nakakita) spend their Sunday afternoon together. Both ends up trying hard have fun in the city of Tokyo with very little yen. The simpleness of this movie’s story really hides it richness that feels very much Capra like in a way Its the wonderful acting of both Isao Numasaki and Chieko Nakakita both giving such wonderful performances. One Wonderful Sunday is a beautiful slice of life that is richly one of the finest of Akira Kurosawa’s early works.
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The Idiot review
One of Kurosawa’s least-seen films is The Idiot. It may be one of his most overlooked movies among his many movies. Toshiro Mifune is brilliantly cast in this movie. This movie is not often mentioned when discussing Kurosawa’s work, The Idiot demonstrates Kurosawa’s cinematic skill arguably better than many of his well-known works. It’s likely the fine acting by Toshiro Mifune and Kinji Kameda that brings home this movie. This richly deep and layered movie is so glossily overlooked even by its collective studio at time as was cut heavy which is a shame. Kurosawa’s masterfully crafts out a wonderful movie with such wonderful acting by its cast that makes it another masterpiece of his many classics.
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I hope you enjoyed this string of reviews honoring Akira Kurosawa i will continue on in the last part about the noir classics of Akira Kurosawa. So until next time always love the magic of the movies.