Posts Tagged ‘Kurosawa’

No Regrets For Our Youth

February 12, 2008

Better known for her work as the semi-tragic unwed daughter in a number of Ozu’s family dramas, Setsuko Hara shows even more depth in Akira Kurosawa’s 1946 film (part of another great new Criterion/Eclipse box set). Her innocence is lost as the characters are swept up in the politics of 1930s Japan and she is forced to draw upon an inner strength that life didn’t seem to have prepared her for. An imperfect film, but one worth viewing as Hara goes through a deep physical and spiritual transformation in a memorable performance.

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Drunken Angel

December 18, 2007

Toshiro Mifune electrifies in Kurosawa’s 1948 genre piece (it’s an amalgam noir/weeper/Ozu-style family drama). Not just a harbinger of the greatness to come, Drunken Angel stands on its own as a stylish and memorable entertainment.