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The BFI Akira Kurosawa Complete Collection The BFI Akira Kurosawa Complete Collection

A bundle of four Kurosawa boxsets. Online offer only. A bundle of four Kurosawa boxsets. Online offer only.
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A bundle of four Kurosawa boxsets, including:

  • Kurosawa Samurai Collection
  • Seven Samurai

    When the residents of a small Japanese village seek protection they hire seven unemployed ronin (masterless samurai). Paid only in handfuls of rice, the samurai remain distant from the villagers, knowing that their assignment may prove to be fatal. Unanimously hailed as one of cinema's greatest masterpieces, Seven Samurai has inspired countless films, including The Magnificent Seven.

    Japan | 1954 | 190 min | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

    Throne of Blood

    In this brilliant reimagining of Shakespeare's Macbeth Toshiro Mifune plays a samurai fated to betray his friend and master in exchange for the prestige of nobility. Kurosawa's bloody tale is a triumph of economic style, and the climactic battle scene is full of remarkable, and brutal, imagery.

    Japan | 1957 | 104 min | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

    The Hidden Fortress

    In this classic collaboration between Kurosawa and star Mifune, a warrior and a princess try against all odds to return to their homeland with their fortune. Acknowledged by George Lucas as the inspiration for Star Wars, The Hidden Fortress combines an epic tale of struggle and honour with modern comic sensibilitiesto masterful effect.

    Japan | 1958 | 138 min | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1 (16x9 enhanced)

    Yojimbo

    After the success of Yojimbo, Kurosawa teamed up once again with Mifune one year later to make this comedy of manners. The film, which follows a man fighting corruption in local government, offers a twist on the classic Samurai tale by gently, but perfectly parodying the conventions of the Japanese period action movie tradition.

    Japan | 1962 | 95 min | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1 (16x9 enhanced)

  • Kurosawa Crime Collection
  • Drunken Angel

    Toshiro Mifune, in his first major screen role, plays a small-time Yakuza who embarks on an uneasy friendship with an alcoholic slum doctor, played by Toho regular Takashi Shimura. Drunken Angel is part gangster, part melodrama and part social critique, and establishes the on-screen chemistry and dynamics of these two leading men that Kurosawa was to explore in further films.

    DVD9 | 94 min

    Stray Dog

    A masterful mix of film noir and police thriller set on the sweltering mean streets of occupied Tokyo. Kurosawa favourites, Mifune and Shimura, are paired for the second time as a rookie detective and his senior in a desperate hunt for a shooter with the former's stolen police pistol.

    DVD9 | 117 min

    The Bad Sleep Well

    The first feature released under the aegis of Kurosawa's own production company. The Bad Sleep Well is an impressive tale of corporate greed and corruption starring Mifune as a grieving son seeking revenge for his father's 'suicide'. It is a powerful indictment of the dark side of business and politics with distinct overtones of Hamlet.

    DVD5 | 105 min

    High and Low

    Based on an Ed McBain novel, High and Low is a gripping police thriller in which a wealthy industrialist, Mifune, faces an agonising choice when a ruthless kidnapper, aiming to snatch his young son, takes the chauffeur's boy by accident.

    DVD9 | 143 min

  • Early Kurosawa
  • Sanshiro Sugata (Sugata Sanshiro), 1943, 79 min

    Kurosawas assured debut about a young mans spiritual journey through the study and practice of judo.

    Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two (Zoku Sugata Sanshiro), 1945, 83 min

    This sequel reunites most of the principal cast from the original and follows Sanshiro face a new set of enemies whilst continuing his quest to become a judo master.

    The Most Beautiful (Ichiban utsukushiku), 1944, 85 min

    An artful propaganda film that anticipates the social realism of his post-war films, The Most Beautiful provides a fascinating portrait of female volunteer workers in an optics factory manufacturing lenses for binoculars and gunsights.

    They Who Step on the Tigers Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi), 1945, 58 min

    Adapted from Noh and Kabuki theatre, this classic tale of deception sees a lord and his bodyguard disguise themselves as monks to bypass an enemy roadblock.

    No Regrets For Our Youth (Waga seishun ni kuinashi), 1946, 110 min

    Kurosawa's first post-war film stars Ozu regular Setsuko Hara as Yukie, a privileged daughter of a professor who takes a soul-searching journey through rural Japan and comes to question her values.

    One Wonderful Sunday (Subarashiki nichiyobi), 1947, 108 min

    A bitter-sweet story of young love set in the devastation of post-war Tokyo reminiscent of Frank Capras social realist comedies.

  • Kurosawa Classic Collection
  • Ikiru

    Featuring a beautifully nuanced performance by Takashi Shimura as a bureaucrat diagnosed with stomach cancer, Ikiru is an intensely lyrical and moving film which explores the nature of existence and how we find meaning in our lives. Japan | 1952 | black and white | Japanese language with English subtitles | DVD9 | 137 min | ratio 1.33:1

    I Live in Fear

    Made at the height of the Cold War, with Hiroshima and Nagasaki still a recent memory, Toshiro Mifune delivers an outstanding performance as a wealthy foundry owner who decides to move his entire family to Brazil to escape the nuclear holocaust which he fears is imminent. Japan | 1955 | black and white | Japanese language with English subtitles | DVD5 | 99 min | ratio 1.66:1

    The Lower Depths

    This Maxim Gorky adaptation, in which the inhabitants of a slum while away their time longing for escape or dreaming of a better life, is a brilliant exploration of the conflict between the comfort of illusion and bitter reality. Japan | 1957 | black and white | Japanese language with English subtitles | DVD9 | 120 min | ratio 1.33:1

    Red Beard

    The last and most ambitious of Kurosawa's collaborations with Toshiro Mifune, Red Beard chronicles the tumultuous friendship, in a nineteenth-century rural clinic, between an idle and socially ambitious intern (Yuzo Kayama) and the compassionate yet commanding doctor (Toshiro Mifune), and serves as a testament to the goodness of humanity Japan | 1965 | black and white | Japanese language with English subtitles | DVD9 | 172 min | ratio 2.35:1

    Dodes'ka-den

    Akira Kurosawa's first film in colour follows a group of people living around a city dump and is by turns both tragic and transcendent. Made at a critical point in his life, Kurosawa poured himself into this film and negative reaction it garnered resulted in a suicide attempt. Japan | 1970 | colour | Japanese language with English subtitles | DVD9 | 134 min | ratio 1.33:1

    A bundle of four Kurosawa boxsets, including:

  • Kurosawa Samurai Collection
  • Seven Samurai

    When the residents of a small Japanese village seek protection they hire seven unemployed ronin (masterless samurai). Paid only in handfuls of rice, the samurai remain distant from the villagers, knowing that their assignment may prove to be fatal. Unanimously hailed as one of cinema's greatest masterpieces, Seven Samurai has inspired countless films, including The Magnificent Seven.

    Japan | 1954 | 190 min | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

    Throne of Blood

    In this brilliant reimagining of Shakespeare's Macbeth Toshiro Mifune plays a samurai fated to betray his friend and master in exchange for the prestige of nobility. Kurosawa's bloody tale is a triumph of economic style, and the climactic battle scene is full of remarkable, and brutal, imagery.

    Japan | 1957 | 104 min | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

    The Hidden Fortress

    In this classic collaboration between Kurosawa and star Mifune, a warrior and a princess try against all odds to return to their homeland with their fortune. Acknowledged by George Lucas as the inspiration for Star Wars, The Hidden Fortress combines an epic tale of struggle and honour with modern comic sensibilitiesto masterful effect.

    Japan | 1958 | 138 min | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1 (16x9 enhanced)

    Yojimbo

    After the success of Yojimbo, Kurosawa teamed up once again with Mifune one year later to make this comedy of manners. The film, which follows a man fighting corruption in local government, offers a twist on the classic Samurai tale by gently, but perfectly parodying the conventions of the Japanese period action movie tradition.

    Japan | 1962 | 95 min | Original aspect ratio 2.35:1 (16x9 enhanced)

  • Kurosawa Crime Collection
  • Drunken Angel

    Toshiro Mifune, in his first major screen role, plays a small-time Yakuza who embarks on an uneasy friendship with an alcoholic slum doctor, played by Toho regular Takashi Shimura. Drunken Angel is part gangster, part melodrama and part social critique, and establishes the on-screen chemistry and dynamics of these two leading men that Kurosawa was to explore in further films.

    DVD9 | 94 min

    Stray Dog

    A masterful mix of film noir and police thriller set on the sweltering mean streets of occupied Tokyo. Kurosawa favourites, Mifune and Shimura, are paired for the second time as a rookie detective and his senior in a desperate hunt for a shooter with the former's stolen police pistol.

    DVD9 | 117 min

    The Bad Sleep Well

    The first feature released under the aegis of Kurosawa's own production company. The Bad Sleep Well is an impressive tale of corporate greed and corruption starring Mifune as a grieving son seeking revenge for his father's 'suicide'. It is a powerful indictment of the dark side of business and politics with distinct overtones of Hamlet.

    DVD5 | 105 min

    High and Low

    Based on an Ed McBain novel, High and Low is a gripping police thriller in which a wealthy industrialist, Mifune, faces an agonising choice when a ruthless kidnapper, aiming to snatch his young son, takes the chauffeur's boy by accident.

    DVD9 | 143 min

  • Early Kurosawa
  • Sanshiro Sugata (Sugata Sanshiro), 1943, 79 min

    Kurosawas assured debut about a young mans spiritual journey through the study and practice of judo.

    Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two (Zoku Sugata Sanshiro), 1945, 83 min

    This sequel reunites most of the principal cast from the original and follows Sanshiro face a new set of enemies whilst continuing his quest to become a judo master.

    The Most Beautiful (Ichiban utsukushiku), 1944, 85 min

    An artful propaganda film that anticipates the social realism of his post-war films, The Most Beautiful provides a fascinating portrait of female volunteer workers in an optics factory manufacturing lenses for binoculars and gunsights.

    They Who Step on the Tigers Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi), 1945, 58 min

    Adapted from Noh and Kabuki theatre, this classic tale of deception sees a lord and his bodyguard disguise themselves as monks to bypass an enemy roadblock.

    No Regrets For Our Youth (Waga seishun ni kuinashi), 1946, 110 min

    Kurosawa's first post-war film stars Ozu regular Setsuko Hara as Yukie, a privileged daughter of a professor who takes a soul-searching journey through rural Japan and comes to question her values.

    One Wonderful Sunday (Subarashiki nichiyobi), 1947, 108 min

    A bitter-sweet story of young love set in the devastation of post-war Tokyo reminiscent of Frank Capras social realist comedies.

  • Kurosawa Classic Collection
  • Ikiru

    Featuring a beautifully nuanced performance by Takashi Shimura as a bureaucrat diagnosed with stomach cancer, Ikiru is an intensely lyrical and moving film which explores the nature of existence and how we find meaning in our lives. Japan | 1952 | black and white | Japanese language with English subtitles | DVD9 | 137 min | ratio 1.33:1

    I Live in Fear

    Made at the height of the Cold War, with Hiroshima and Nagasaki still a recent memory, Toshiro Mifune delivers an outstanding performance as a wealthy foundry owner who decides to move his entire family to Brazil to escape the nuclear holocaust which he fears is imminent. Japan | 1955 | black and white | Japanese language with English subtitles | DVD5 | 99 min | ratio 1.66:1

    The Lower Depths

    This Maxim Gorky adaptation, in which the inhabitants of a slum while away their time longing for escape or dreaming of a better life, is a brilliant exploration of the conflict between the comfort of illusion and bitter reality. Japan | 1957 | black and white | Japanese language with English subtitles | DVD9 | 120 min | ratio 1.33:1

    Red Beard

    The last and most ambitious of Kurosawa's collaborations with Toshiro Mifune, Red Beard chronicles the tumultuous friendship, in a nineteenth-century rural clinic, between an idle and socially ambitious intern (Yuzo Kayama) and the compassionate yet commanding doctor (Toshiro Mifune), and serves as a testament to the goodness of humanity Japan | 1965 | black and white | Japanese language with English subtitles | DVD9 | 172 min | ratio 2.35:1

    Dodes'ka-den

    Akira Kurosawa's first film in colour follows a group of people living around a city dump and is by turns both tragic and transcendent. Made at a critical point in his life, Kurosawa poured himself into this film and negative reaction it garnered resulted in a suicide attempt. Japan | 1970 | colour | Japanese language with English subtitles | DVD9 | 134 min | ratio 1.33:1

    Additional Info

    Additional Info

    SKU KUROSAWA
    Director Akira Kurosawa
    Format DVD
    Publisher(s) BFI
    Subtitles English
    Language(s) Japanese
    Certificate 15

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