Film Season: Samurai! …The Code According To Kurosawa
When: Saturday 5 – Monday 27 May
Where: The Star And Shadow Cinema (Directions)
The Seven Samurai (1954) – Sun 5 May 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Yojimbo (1961) – Sun 12 May 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Sanjuro (1962) – Sun 19 May 2013, 7:30 p.m.
The Hidden Fortress (1958) – Sun 26 May 2013, 7:30 p.m.
The shadow of Akira Kurosawa looms large over the wider landscape of Japanese cinema. Much in the same way that Alfred Hitchcock will always be looked back upon as a master craftsman of suspense, Kurosawa will always be regarded as a master craftsman of the Samurai film, and although he was by no means limited only to that genre it’s certainly what he is best remembered for.
The Star and Shadow celebrates this with four of his greatest films which he made featuring his long time associate Toshiro Mifune, who Kurosawa once said the following about “I am proud of nothing I have done other than with him“. After 15 films working together the pair parted ways because of an argument stemming from the financial peril that Kurosawa’s (1965) film Red Beard was putting Mifune’s production company into. After some very public negative statements about one another the pair would not reconcile until meeting each other at a mutual friends funeral in 1993, however they would never work again and both passed away within a year of the meeting. A sad end to a story of two unbelievable talents rise to success, but you can celebrate their glory years working together onscreen on beautiful 35mm prints(!!!).
“A season of films celebrating the collaboration of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune.
As digital technology surplants celluloid, this is your last chance to see these classic films of world cinema on 35mm.
Samurai ! the word litterally means, ” Those who serve .” Their code an ancient and unsparing unswerving allegiance to a single master, loyalty integrity and personal honour.
Their lives are dedicated to a constant honing of martial skills, and “The way of the Samurai is found in death.” – Star & Shadow