Akira Kurosawa, the undeniable master of Japanese cinema, directed some of that country's seminal films, including "Throne of Blood" and "Rashomon." The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre and the UCLA Film & Television Archive are celebrating the late filmmaker's centenary beginning Friday with "Ran," his 1985 samurai/Noh theater adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear," for which he was nominated for an Oscar for director. The film won an Academy Award for costume design.
His lengthy, brilliant 1954 drama, "The Seven Samurai," starring Takashi Shimura and Kurosawa's frequent collaborator Toshiro Mifune, screens Saturday.
Two more Kurosawa/Mifune collaborations — 1949's "Stray Dog" and 1963's "High and Low" — are scheduled for Sunday. And with those four films under your belt, you might as well catch up to 1970's "Dodes'Ka-Den" and 1955's "I Live in Fear" on Wednesday. The series continues through the following weekend. http://www.americancinematheque.com.
Popular in China
Catch up on "Recent Popular Cinema of Mainland China" this weekend at the UCLA Film and Television Archive's Billy Wilder Theater with the 2008 drama "Li Shuangliang," directed by Huo Jianqi. Screenwriter Su Xiaowei will be present at the Friday screening.
Writer-director Han Zhijun and actor Zhao Xiaoyi will attend the screening of their 2006 film, "Two Women in Red Scarves," on Saturday. UCLA alumnus Peter Chan's 2005 musical, "Perhaps Love," screens Sunday. http://www.cinema.ucla.edu.