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Criterion Collection Director Series - Akira Kurosawa (Throne Of Blood / Yojimbo / Seven Samurai / Sanjuro) - Amazon.com Exclusive

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Seven Samurai

One of the most beloved movie epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa's Seven 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 is a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

Throne of Blood

With Throne of Blood, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh theater to make a Macbeth that is all his own--a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom, starring Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada.

Yojimbo

To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone (A Fistful of Dollars) and Walter Hill (Last Man Standing), this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films ever produced.

Sanjuro

In this sly sequel to Yojimbo, the jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a "proper" samurai on its ear. Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akira Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed film.


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YP63TI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,866 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Senor de Tiempo on January 20, 2008
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You can't say enough about these films, and at the same time, there is no need to say anything. Kurosawa and Mifune together is really all you need to know. It may seem a bit pricey, but the Criterion people do good work, and it is well worth it. Sit back and enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2007
Akira Kurosawa is one of those directors who needs no explanation, no introduction. He's that much of a legend.

And many of his best works were historical action movies of the best kind -- they have stories, and the action revolves around that. Each film in the "Criterion Collector Director Series: Akira Kurosawa" is vivid, compelling, often humorous and stars the fantastic Toshiro Mifune.

"Seven Samurai" is the now-classic tale of an impoverished country village, which is regularly pillaged by bandits. Desperate to protect themselves, the villagers send out some young men to hire samurai to help them. What they get is a ragtag but willing band, led by a weary veteran and including an eager-puppy teen, a seeming nutcase (the predecessor of Captain Jack Sparrow?), and basically anyone who will fight for a square meal.

"Throne of Blood" transplants Shakespeare's "Macbeth" to a medieval Japanese setting. Lord Taketori Washizu (Toshiro Mifune) is inflamed with ambition after a weird old lady predicts he will be Emperor, and his toxic wife (Isuzu Yamada) urges him to make the prediction come through -- by murdering the Emperor and his rival. But of course, this is never going to pay off....

"Yojimbo" was an adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's "Red Harvest," the story of a detective who cleans up a city. This darkly humorous film introduces a wandering samurai-for-hire (Toshiro Mifune again), who stumbles onto a war between two clans. He's smarter than just about everyone else in the film, and so he begins playing both sides, deftly avoiding disaster as he deals with the clan war in his own way.

"Sanjuro" is probably the lightest of all Kurosawa's movies.
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