10/12/2016 @ 7PM

Kurosawa's Finesse Thriller!

Rashomon

(88mins, 1950)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Venue: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
(5750 Wilshire Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)       


©1950 Daiei Co., Ltd.

A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune—to the Western world.

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer: https://www.criterion.com/films/307-rashomon?q=autocomplete

    

      

     

10/26/2016 @ 7PM

The Original The Magnificent Seven by Kurosawa!

Seven Samurai

(207mins, 1954)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Venue: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
(5750 Wilshire Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)         


©1954 Toho Co., Ltd.

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

In Japanese with English subtitles

Trailer: https://www.criterion.com/films/165-seven-samurai