Akira Kurosawa: Four Samurai Classics – Criterion [DVD] (1954, 1958, 1961, 1962) *NEW*

Akira Kurosawa: Four Samurai Classics – Criterion [DVD] (1954, 1958, 1961, 1962) *NEW*

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Short Cuts is a 1993 American comedy-drama film, directed by Robert Altman. Filmed from a screenplay by Altman and Frank Barhydt, it is inspired by nine short stories and a poem by Raymond Carver. The film has a Los Angeles setting, which substitutes the Pacific Northwest backdrop of Carver’s stories. Short Cuts traces the actions of 22 principal characters, both in parallel and at occasional loose points of connection. The role of chance and luck is central to the film, and many of the stories concern death and infidelity.

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Seven Samurai

A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food. A giant battle occurs when 40 bandits attack the village.

Seven Samurai
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Produced by Sōjirō Motoki
Screenplay by
Starring
Music by Fumio Hayasaka
Cinematography Asakazu Nakai
Edited by Akira Kurosawa
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • 26 April 1954
Running time
207 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget ¥125 million ($1.1 million)
Box office ¥268 million ($2.3 million)

 

The Hidden Fortress

Japanese peasants Matashichi (Kamatari Fujiwara) and Tahei (Minoru Chiaki) try and fail to make a profit from a tribal war. They find a man and woman whom they believe are simple tribe members hiding in a fortress. Although the peasants don't know that Rokurota (Toshirô Mifune) is a general and Yuki (Misa Uehara) is a princess, the peasants agree to accompany the pair to safety in return for gold. Along the way, the general must prove his expertise in battle while also hiding his identity.

The Hidden Fortress
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Original Japanese poster from 1968 re-release[citation needed]
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Produced by
Screenplay by
Starring
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography Kazuo Yamasaki
Production
company
Release date
  • 28 December 1958(Japan)
Running time
139 minutes
Country Japan

 

Yojimbo

A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master (Toshirô Mifune), enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon (Kamatari Fujiwara) and sake merchant Tokuemon (Takashi Shimura) to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.

Yojimbo
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by Akira Kurosawa
Starring
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography Kazuo Miyagawa
Edited by Akira Kurosawa
Production
company
  • Kurosawa Production
  • Toho
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • 25 April 1961 (Japan)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

 

Sanjuro

Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed "Sanjuro." In this companion piece and sequel to "Yojimbo," jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a proper samurai on its ear.

Sanjuro
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Japanese theatrical release poster
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Hibi Heian
by Shugoro Yamamoto
Starring
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography
Production
companies
  • Toho
  • Kurosawa Production
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • January 1, 1962 (Japan)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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Dimensions 5.3 × 3.0 × 7.3 in

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