Kurosawa Classic Collection DVD

Akira Kurosawa, 1949-70


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Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Produced in 1949-70

Main Language - Japanese with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - Asian Film, Japanese Film

Film Description

Akira Kurosawa, one of the cinema’s greatest auteurs, has wowed audiences worldwide and inspired filmmakers as diverse as George Lucas and Sergio Leone. This essential 5-disc box set brings together five of his most profound masterpieces exploring the complexities of life, including 2 DVD debuts.

Included is the beautifully nuanced Ikiru (1952) in which Kurosawa regular Takashi Shimura plays a dying man who discovers a new zest for life in the last six months of his life as he tries to turn a waste dump into a children’s playground; the nuclear threat drama I Live in Fear (1949); the humane Red Beard (1965), in which Toshiro Mifune plays an authoritarian doctor who has to teach an idle new intern responsibility to oneself and others; and, making their DVD debuts, the acclaimed Gorky adaptation The Lower Depths (1957) and Kurosawa’s acclaimed first colour film Dodes’ Ka-den (1970).

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DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: BFI

Length: 673 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 24th October 2011

Cat No: BFIVD939

DVD Extras

  • 5 discs
  • Selected filmed introductions by Alex Cox
  • Extensive illustrated booklet featuring essays and film notes.

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