British Film Institute: Akira Kurosawa
In tribute to Akira Kurosawa, this site provides useful information on his life and career.
Akira Kurosawa Database
A fan site, accessible in English and Japanese, that includes a Kurosawa biography, filmography, a vast number of photos from his films, and more.
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
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
An essay about three of Kurosawa's films, including DRUNKEN ANGEL.
University of Michigan: Center for Japanese Studies: IKIRU
The IKIRU movie poster, photos from the film, and a plot summary are available here.
University of Michigan: Center for Japanese Studies: SEVEN SAMURAI
Users can review the cast list, plot summary, and film notes on this page to become more familiar with the Kurosawa classic.
Watch the entire film with your RealPlayer plug-in at this site.
University of Michigan: Center for Japanese Studies: RED BEARD
On offer here, a more detailed description of the movie and a selected bibliography.
Winstar: Akira Kurosawa's RAN
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
Check out this site for the basics of Japanese history.