Today I talk about Akira Kurosawa again in my third follow up article to my throne of blood review. Akira Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. In the third part of this collective series of tributes about Akira Kurosawa I talk about the noir classics of Akira Kurosawa. so to end my tribute series to this master by talking these wonderful classics.
Drunken Angel review
The chaotic worlds of the Japanese Mafia (Yakuza) and an alcoholic doctor collide in this film noir classic from Akira Kurosawa. Gangster Toshiro Mifune visits doctor Takashi Shimura, after an unfortunate incident with a bullet. The doctor, who despises the Yakuza, discovers the young man is suffering from tuberculosis, a disease symbolic of what is happening to the doctor and the community he serves. Facing his own anger and fear, the doctor aligns himself with the gangster’s world.(goggle plot)
Drunken Angel is one of the most important of Kurosawa’s films for several reasons. It was the first film that Kurosawa had complete control over the movie form start to finish. Toshiro Mifune starts his work with Kurosawa here as he gives us such a powerful performance as Doctor Takashi Shimura whom has do work for the Yakuza whom he hates. Drunken Angel is essentially a lament for the state of post-war Japanese society It’s a very wonderful noir classic that does really deal with the darker end of Japanese society its mob world along with such powerful acting by the cast and a wonderful direction by Kurosawa it is a really a moving and gripping noir classic you should see today.
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high and low review
High and Low was adapted from the American novel King’s Ransom by Ed McBain. Kurosawa takes this classic tale reworks to Japan. It is an outstanding detective film. The film is a fascinating portrait of ’60’s Japan. Kurosawa makes it into a meditation on honor and decency how one’s traits can take you to heaven or hell. Toshirô Mifune plays one of his most outstanding performances all time. The wonderful acting by everyone in the cast really makes this movie something truly that works on so many levels. High And Low particularly stands out from the others of his many works as its truly a wonderful drama with such wonderfully shot camera work. High And Low is truly an outstanding classic.
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The bad sleep well review
In this loose adaptation of “Hamlet,” illegitimate son Kôichi Nishi (Toshirô Mifune) climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and marries the crippled daughter (Kyôko Kagawa) of company vice president Iwabuchi (Masayuki Mori). At the reception, the wedding cake is a replica of their corporate headquarters, but an aspect of the design reminds the party of the hushed-up death of Nishi’s father. It is then that Nishi unleashes his plan to avenge his father’s death.(goggle plot)
Seven Sumarai and Rashomon are wonderful Kurasawa flicks too few people know of his other outstanding works. One of the best examples of this is this movie. The Bad Sleep Well is extremely well-written and acted by everyone in the cast. The bad sleep well is the forgotten gem of the master as its truly a gem with wonderful rich acting and direction and camera work. It’s a masterpiece that you should see today.
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Stray Dog review
Stray Dog is a 1949 Japanese police procedural film noir directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. The film is considered a precursor to the contemporary police procedural and buddy cop film genres. (goggle info)
STRAY DOG stands as one of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpieces. Noteworthy for two reasons the rich American noir style with such rich b&w atmosphere that really feels at home in American noir enhanced with a touch of Italian neo-realism. It also stars a young Toshiro Mifune whom gives out such a fine performance. The acting of everyone is outstanding with wonderful direction and a wonderful story makes this a true classic noir gem. The meeting of American noir with Japan culture really does work great in this classic. Stray Dog is a masterpiece of noir that truly stands among the classics of the genre that one should see today.
I hope you enjoyed my three tribute articles honoring Akira Kurosawa. He remains one of the finest directors that ever graced the screen. So thanks for joining again for another article honoring this master. He truly remains one of my favorite directors of movies. I truly adore the works of Akira Kurosawa. Thanks for joining in honoring this master.