Akira Kurosawa

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Emi Wada obituary
Costume designer who won an Oscar for Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, and created John Gielgud’s cloak in Prospero’s Books

Ryan Gilbey

02, Dec, 2021 @6:20 PM

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Seven Samurai review – an epic primal myth that pulsates through cinema
Akira Kurosawa’s tale of ascetic mercenaries brought together for a single job inspired endless imitations, but the original has lost none of its magic

Peter Bradshaw

27, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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I've never seen … The Magnificent Seven
In one sense this is a glorified rip-off that guts Kurosawa’s thoughtful original, repackages it with a stylish title and fills it with guns … but it’s fun!

Alfie Packham

12, May, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Sturgill Simpson: Sound & Fury review – country's outlaw catches fire
Another big shift in direction for Simpson, with anime visuals, glam rock, disco and grunge ornamenting never-more-country lyrics: it’s extraordinary

Alexis Petridis

26, Sep, 2019 @11:00 AM

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Seven Samurai tops critics' poll of best foreign-language films
Akira Kurosawa epic beats Bicycle Thieves to top of BBC’s 100-strong list that includes just four female-directed films

Andrew Pulver

01, Nov, 2018 @1:57 PM

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From The Naked City to Double Indemnity – why the 1940s is my favourite film decade
War changed everything, destroying whole film industries and heralding a new era of realism, grit and shoots on location

John Patterson

28, Mar, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Ingmar Bergman's Sixty-Four Minutes With Rebecka: intriguing, sexy and intense
The newly discovered screenplay suggests the then 51-year-old film-maker reacting to the sexual liberation of the 1960s in characteristic fashion

Peter Bradshaw

27, Oct, 2016 @4:31 PM

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Previously unknown Ingmar Bergman script to be filmed by former antagonist
1969 screenplay for Sixty-Four Minutes With Rebecka was intended as a collaboration with fellow auteurs Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa

Alan Evans

27, Oct, 2016 @4:03 PM

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Ran review – Kurosawa’s masterful epic reissued
The Japanese film-maker’s adaptation of King Lear is still visually and dramatically breathtaking

Jonathan Romney

03, Apr, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Ran review – re-release of Kurosawa's dark, epic version of King Lear
Staggering battle sequences, thrones of blood and the spirit of Macbeth are abroad in one of the greatest screen adaptations of Shakespeare

Peter Bradshaw

31, Mar, 2016 @9:15 PM

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Ran: Akira Kurosawa’s last great masterpiece
Newly restored three decades after its initial release, the Japanese director’s feudal warlord story remains bleak, brutal and breathtaking

John Patterson

28, Mar, 2016 @8:00 AM

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On my radar: Marianne Faithfull’s cultural highlights
The singer-songwriter on the French band Téléphone, Salman Rushdie’s latest novel and Kurosawa’s stunning Throne of Blood

Michael Hogan

10, Jan, 2016 @10:00 AM

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