Contact: Professor Huixia Lu, firstname.lastname@example.org
When and where: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Perry 240
(1949, Directed by Akiro Kurosawa) – 122 mins
The Japanese master auteur directs this moody film noir gem about a rookie homicide detective stricken with bad luck when his Colt pistol goes missing.
About Akira Kurosawa:
Arguably the most celebrated Japanese filmmaker of all time, Akira Kurosawa had a career that spanned from the Second World War to the early nineties and that stands as a monument of artistic, entertainment, and personal achievement. His best-known films remain his samurai epics Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, but his intimate dramas, such as Ikiru and High and Low, are just as searing. The first serious phase of Kurosawa’s career came during the postwar era, with Drunken Angel and Stray Dog, gritty dramas about people on the margins of society that featured the first notable appearances by Toshiro Mifune, the director’s longtime leading man. Kurosawa would subsequently gain international fame with Rashomon, a breakthrough in nonlinear narrative and sumptuous visuals. Following a personal breakdown in the late sixties, Kurosawa rebounded by expanding his dark brand of humanism into new stylistic territory, with films such as Kagemusha and Ran, visionary, color, epic ruminations on modern man and nature.
— Criterion Collection