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Akira Kurosawa and Gabriel García Márquez: The Conversation

In October 1990, Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez visited Tokyo during the shooting of Akira Kurosawa’s penultimate feature, Rhapsody in August. García Márquez, who spent some years in Bogota as … Continue reading

September 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: The most beautiful advertisement ever made

. This short film produced by the Tourism Bureau of Japan portrays the stunning landscapes of the San’in region which lies between the Sea of Japan and the Chugoku Mountains. … Continue reading

September 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: ‘Crows’ — a short film by Akira Kurosawa starring Martin Scorsese

. This ten-minute clip is taken from Dreams, a feature-length series of eight sketches by Akira Kurosawa released in 1990. Martin Scorsese, sporting a red beard and an unmistakable New York … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: “The Bad Sleep Well” by Akira Kurosawa – The Geometry of a Scene

One of Akira Kurosawa’s many gifts was staging scenes in ways that were bold, simple and visual. In this short video essay, Tony Zhou shows how Kurosawa’s 1960 suspense film … Continue reading

December 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement

In this short “supercut” video essay, Tony Zhou shows how Akira Kurosawa uses movement in his shots to capture mood and character. — Shot from Seven Samurai

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Akira Kurosawa’s 80-minute Master Class on making beautiful movies

Often called “the greatest filmmaker who ever lived,” Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) is the auteur behind such masterpieces as Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and Ran. This 2000 documentary about the life and … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

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