Monday, December 5, 2005
Anyone else a huge fan of Akira Kurosawa? He's my vote for best director of all time.
My top 5 films from him are:
1. Red Beard
2. Seven Samurai
3. Hidden Fortress
I just rented Ikaru; Roger Ebert said that was his favorite Kurosawa movie, so I have high hopes...
Most people have only heard of Kurosawa, but don't know anything about him. If you're one of these people, I *highly* recommend renting Seven Samurai as your introduction.
All of his movies are (1) really entertaining, (2) have unforgettable characters, and (3) are really deep and loaded with symbolism.
I can't think of any other director who consistantly made so many 4-star films. It's really amazing, each movie is better than the next, and he made dozens of them.
Plus, there are lots and lots of samurai and fight scenes (except for Red Beard, which is about a doctor).
Strongly recommended. Just ignore the black and white.