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Japan | 1950 | 88’ | DCP | Black and White | Japanese | Group: B

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Dec 13 (Wed) 23:30 Cinematheque‧Passion

A samurai, his beautiful wife, and a thief meet one sheltering summer day. Passion and violence lead to death and ruin. During the subsequent trial, the incident is recounted from four points of view – the three protagonists and a woodcutter who claims to have discovered the crime. Each has a radically different story to tell about the same incident.


Akira Kurosawa

Japan’s Akira Kurosawa is considered among the very greatest of film-makers. He was born in 1910 and died in 1998, and in his 88 years, he directed 30 films that influenced several generations of directors around the world including Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Andrei Tarkovsky, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. His many classics include Drunken Angel (1947),Rashomon (1950), Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954), Throne Of Blood (1957), The Lower Depths (1957), The Hidden Fortress (1958), Yojimbo (1961), Sanjuro (1962), High And Low (1963), Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985). He won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1980 for Kagemusha (shared with All That Jazz) and an honorary Oscar in 1990.

Director Akira Kurosawa

Producer Jingo Minoru

Cast Toshira Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori

Scriptwriter Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto

Cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa

Editor Shigeo Nishida

Production Design Takashi Matsuyama


Music Fumio Hayasaka

Sound Design

Production Daiei Motion

Distributor Kadokawa Corporation

World Sales Kadokawa Corporation