Akira Kurosawa

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Living review – Bill Nighy tackles life and death in exquisitely sad drama
A gentle and poignant Kazuo Ishiguro-scripted remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 film Ikiru about a man dealing with a terminal diagnosis

Peter Bradshaw

02, Nov, 2022 @2:50 PM

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Macbeth movies have been foul and fair – Joel Coen’s is a stunner
The Tragedy of Macbeth follows in the footsteps of Orson Welles’s bold 1948 film, which showed how imagination can turn Shakespeare’s text into more than just a costume epic

Michael Billington

25, Jan, 2022 @6:43 AM

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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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The best Shakespeare films – ranked!
Kenneth Branagh graduates from player to playwright this week for All is True, in which he plays an ailing Bard. But which big-screen Shakey is the greatest?

Andrew Dickson

08, Feb, 2019 @6:00 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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