Kurosawa Diary, Part 24: Dodes’ka-den

Akira Kurosawa’s first color film, Dodes’ka-den, bursts with vibrant hues like a Technicolor musical. Yet it is arguably his most depressing work. A commercial flop when initially released (its failure so upset the director he attempted suicide), it has never gained a classic reputation. That’s too bad, because it deserves one. I rediscovered Dodes’ka-den last … Continue reading Kurosawa Diary, Part 24: Dodes’ka-den

Kurosawa Diary, Part 20: The Most Beautiful and The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail

It’s official! I have now seen every film Akira Kurosawa ever made. I still have nine films left in my Kurosawa Diary project, but that’s mostly about revisiting films I’ve seen before, this time in chronological order. Last night at the Pacific Film Archive, I caught a double-bill of The Most Beautiful and The Men … Continue reading Kurosawa Diary, Part 20: The Most Beautiful and The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail