1. Standard memberexpuddlepirate
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    Are there any other Kurogawa fans out there. I'm a recent convert to his work and rank him as one of the all time greats from some of the movies of his that I have seen.

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    28 Mar '10 11:08
    I believe you mean Akira Kurosawa. Right?
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    28 Mar '10 17:05
    Originally posted by Seitse
    I believe you mean Akira Kurosawa. Right?
    I stand corrected. I must have not noticed the typo since I posted it at a late hour, or should that be '..at lait hower'. 🙂
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    28 Mar '10 17:082 edits
    Originally posted by expuddlepirate
    I stand corrected. I must have not noticed the typo since I posted it at a late hour, or should that be '..at lait hower'. 🙂
    The movie channel here in Allentown Pa is presenting a series of Kurasawa movies, like Hidden Fortress, the movie that inspired Spielberg to make star wars, captured princess, etc. Starred Toshiro Mifune, he was great in that film.
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    28 Mar '10 17:20
    Originally posted by expuddlepirate
    I stand corrected. I must have not noticed the typo since I posted it at a late hour, or should that be '..at lait hower'. 🙂
    No sweat, amigo, it was totally understandable since I spotted
    who you were referring to... and I am far from a Kurosawa
    connoisseur 🙂

    What I have seen, though, has really moved me, indeed. The
    guy was great and he seems to be held in great regard by some
    big shots in the industry.
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    29 Mar '10 04:41
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    The movie channel here in Allentown Pa is presenting a series of Kurasawa movies, like Hidden Fortress, the movie that inspired Spielberg to make star wars, captured princess, etc. Starred Toshiro Mifune, he was great in that film.
    TMC also runs Kurusawa films every so often. Seven Samuria was reincarnated as the Magnificiant Seven. I rank Mifune up there as one of the great actors of all times. He not only did an outstanding job in the samuria movies but in modern roles also.
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    29 Mar '10 04:46
    Originally posted by Seitse
    No sweat, amigo, it was totally understandable since I spotted
    who you were referring to... and I am far from a Kurosawa
    connoisseur 🙂

    What I have seen, though, has really moved me, indeed. The
    guy was great and he seems to be held in great regard by some
    big shots in the industry.
    I think he stands on even ground with the likes of Ford or Capra and Coppala.
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    29 Mar '10 09:10
    Originally posted by expuddlepirate
    He not only did an outstanding job in the samuria movies but in modern roles also.
    I'm with you. I think he delivers especially great performances in "Stray Dog" and "Red Beard" - which, even though it's not modern, counts because it's not a samurai movie.
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    29 Mar '10 09:15
    Originally posted by expuddlepirate
    Are there any other Kurogawa fans out there. I'm a recent convert to his work and rank him as one of the all time greats from some of the movies of his that I have seen.

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    Couldn't agree more - Kurosawa's got easily a half dozen masterpieces under his belt, and that's being conservative. I think "Ikiru" is probably his strongest effort, but "Ran" - his adaptation of "King Lear" - is my personal favorite.
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    29 Mar '10 23:182 edits
    His work is much more consistent than that of any of the other three you mention. Ford, Capra and Coppola all produced a much larger number of outright failures (although I nevertheless don't value any Kurosawa as highly as It's a Wonderful Life).

    In the context of Japanese cinema, though, Kurosawa's best work is second-rate compared to the masterpieces of Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujiro Ozu. Films such as Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu, Ugetsu Monogatari and Sansho the Bailliff, and Ozu's Late Spring, Early Summer and Tokyo Story, are appreciably subtler, more complex, richer, and more imaginatively directed than even the finest films of Kurosawa.

    All available on DVD, by the way!
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    30 Mar '10 08:58
    Originally posted by Teinosuke
    His work is much more consistent than that of any of the other three you mention. Ford, Capra and Coppola all produced a much larger number of outright failures (although I nevertheless don't value any Kurosawa as highly as It's a Wonderful Life).

    In the context of Japanese cinema, though, Kurosawa's best work is second-rate compared to the masterpieces ...[text shortened]... ively directed than even the finest films of Kurosawa.

    All available on DVD, by the way!
    Thanks for the information. I'll have to check his work out.
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    31 Mar '10 09:561 edit
    Originally posted by expuddlepirate
    Thanks for the information. I'll have to check his work out.
    If you like Kurosawa's dynamism, you might find Mizoguchi and Ozu a little subdued in comparison. But in terms both of sheer visual beauty and emotional depth, they're unrivalled.
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