Sunday, October 31, 2010

Kurosawa Film Trailers (Part 2 of 5)

Here is part 2 of 5 of Akira Kurosawa Film Trailers in English.

Seven Samurai (1954) 
From Wikipedia:

Seven Samurai (七人の侍 Shichinin no Samurai  is a 1954 Japanese film co-written, edited and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place in Warring States Period Japan (around 1587/1588). It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven masterless samurai (ronin) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.
Seven Samurai is described as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, and is one of a select few Japanese films to become widely known in the West for an extended period of time. It is the subject of both popular and critical acclaim; it was voted onto Sight & Sound's list of the ten greatest films of all time in 1982 and 1992, and remains on the directors' top ten films in the 2002 poll.

Throne of Blood (1957)
From Wikipedia:

Throne of Blood is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. Its original Japanese title isKumonosu-jō (蜘蛛巣城), which means "Spider Web Castle". The film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth to feudal Japan.

Hidden Fortress (1958)
(This is the film that George Lucas said inspired Star Wars.)

From Wikipedia:

The Hidden Fortress (隠し砦の三悪人 Kakushi toride no san akunin) is a 1958 jidai-geki film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshirō Mifune as General Rokurota Makabe and Misa Uehara as Princess Yuki. A literal translation of the Japanese title is The Three Villains of the Hidden Fortress.

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