Arguably the most celebrated Japanese filmmaker of all time, Akira Kurosawa had a career spanning the Second World War to the early nineties 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, 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, beginning with Dodes’ka-den, his first film in color. Janus Films is proud to honor the 100th anniversary of his birth with a touring retrospective, including new 35mm prints of Stray Dog, Rashomon, and the previously unavailable Dodes’ka-den.

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