Toshiro Mifune gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star next year - almost 20 years after he died (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
▶ The Samurai | The Films Of Akira Kurosawa - Seven Samurai, Ran and Kagemusha are the films that really show the wide impact that Akira Kurosawa made on the world of cinema. The war movie wouldn’t be able to exist without the influence of Kurosawa’s samurai archetype and his warrior’s code of honor.
THRONE OF BLOOD ,Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh theater to make a Macbeth that is all his own—a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom. The pacing of the film is full of dynamic contrasts, going from heart-pounding action to patient silence.