Akira Kurosawa
essential films
SANSHIRO SUGATA
DRUNKEN ANGEL
IKIRU
SEVEN SAMURAI
YOJIMBO
RED BEARD
RAN
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Toshiro Mifune as the samurai Sanjuro Kuwabatake in YOJIMBO.
Related Web Links

British Film Institute: Akira Kurosawa
http://www.bfi.org.uk/features/kurosawa/index.html
In tribute to Akira Kurosawa, this site provides useful information on his life and career.

Akira Kurosawa Database
http://www2.tky.3web.ne.jp/~adk/kurosawa/AKpage.html
A fan site, accessible in English and Japanese, that includes a Kurosawa biography, filmography, a vast number of photos from his films, and more.

Toshiro Mifune
http://www.sprout.org/toshiro/
The key features of this site are the large image gallery and links to other Web resources about Toshiro Mifune's many films.

IMDb: Takashi Shimura
http://us.imdb.com/Name?Shimura,+Takashi
The Internet Movie Database's entry for the versatile actor and star of DRUNKEN ANGEL, IKIRU, and SEVEN SAMURAI.

Bright Lights Film Journal: 3 Rare Kurosawas on VHS
http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/30/kurosawa1.html
An essay about three of Kurosawa's films, including DRUNKEN ANGEL.

University of Michigan: Center for Japanese Studies: IKIRU
http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/cjs/films/reviews/ikiru.html
The IKIRU movie poster, photos from the film, and a plot summary are available here.

University of Michigan: Center for Japanese Studies: SEVEN SAMURAI
http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/cjs/films/reviews/sevensamurai.html
Users can review the cast list, plot summary, and film notes on this page to become more familiar with the Kurosawa classic.

LikeTelevision: YOJIMBO
http://www.liketelevision.com/web1/movies/yojimbo/
Watch the entire film with your RealPlayer plug-in at this site.

University of Michigan: Center for Japanese Studies: RED BEARD
http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/cjs/films/reviews/redbeard.html
On offer here, a more detailed description of the movie and a selected bibliography.

Winstar: Akira Kurosawa's RAN
http://www.ran2000.com/
A Flash-enhanced site with the RAN movie trailer, a synopsis, and photos, plus a section on Kurosawa's last film, MADADAYO.

Japan-Guide.com: History of Japan
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e641.html
Check out this site for the basics of Japanese history.

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