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1941

1941

Steven Spielberg directs this riotous farce depicting the hysteria of a cross section of Los Angeles citizens following the bombing of Pear Harbor. The film is loosely based on a true event in which a Japanese submarine surfaced off the California coast, setting off a brief wave of panic.

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Drunken Angel

Drunken Angel

In the muddy swamps and back alleys of postwar Tokyo, a volatile, tubercular criminal strikes up an unlikely relationship with a jaded physician.

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Grand Prix

Grand Prix

Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his team after a crash at Monaco that injures his teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, Aron begins to drive for another team, and starts dating Stoddard's wife.

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Hidden Fortress

Hidden Fortress

A general and a princess must dodge enemy clans while smuggling the royal treasure out of hostile territory with two bumbling, conniving peasants at their sides. It's a spirited adventure that only Akira Kurosawa could create.

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High and Low

High and Low

Toshirô Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa's highly influential High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku).

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I Live in Fear

I Live in Fear

I Live in Fear presents Toshiro Mifune as an elderly, stubborn businessman so fearful of a nuclear attack that he resolves to move his reluctant family to South America.

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Midway

Midway

The battle of Midway sounded its furious thunder in June 1942, just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Midway interweaves the dramatic personal stories of the men who fought the courageous battle that was to be the Pacific turning point for the United States. The all-star cast and breakthrough war footage convey the Battle of Midway with powerful reality and epic sweep.

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Mifune: The Last Samurai

Mifune: The Last Samurai

Mifune: The Last Samurai, a new film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, explores the accidental movie career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world, providing direct inspiration for not only The Magnificent Seven and Sergio Leone and Clint ...

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Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger

A somewhat prim and proper Englishman is hired as the tutor to the son of the Japanese ambassador. His life changes when he and the boy are kidnapped by terrorists for political purposes.

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Picture Bride

Picture Bride

Hawaii, 1918. She left Japan for a man she had never met, in a new world she couldn't imagine...America Inspired by the true stories of Hawaii's picture brides, this unforgettable story is set amidst the breathtaking scenery of a tropical paradise. With only a picture in hand, a spirited young woman leaves behind all she knows for the far-off islands of Hawaii - and an arranged marriage with a man she has known only through ...

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Princess from the Moon

Princess from the Moon

When a husband and wife discover a baby girl in a strange, golden pod next to the grave of their daughter, they decide to adopt her. It is not until years later, when she has chosen a suitor, that her mysterious origins and destiny are revealed...

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Rashomon

Rashomon

A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people give different accounts of a man's murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name ...

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Red Beard

Red Beard

Featuring Toshiro Mifune's last role for Akira Kurosawa, Red Beard chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director.

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Red Sun

Red Sun

An ancient Japanese sword is robbed by gangsters from the Japanese ambassador while he is traveling through west America. The embassador's bodyguard, a samurai, foes after them with the help of one of the gang leaders who was betrayed by his fellows.

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Samurai Rebellion

Samurai Rebellion

Isaburo Sasahara, an aging swordsman, lives a quiet life until his clan lord orders that his son marry the lord's mistress, who has recently displeased the ruler. But the lord soon reverses his decision and demands the mistress's return.

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Samurai Saga

Samurai Saga

A large-nosed samurai woos a princess in this adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.

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Samurai Trilogy 1: Musashi Miyamoto

Samurai Trilogy 1: Musashi ...

In the first part of the epic Samurai Trilogy, Toshiro Mifune thunders onto the screen as the iconic title character.

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Samurai Trilogy 2: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

Samurai Trilogy 2: Duel at ...

Toshiro Mifune furiously embodies swordsman Musashi Miyamoto as he comes into his own in the action-packed middle section of the Samurai Trilogy.

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Samurai Trilogy 3: Duel at Ganryu Island

Samurai Trilogy 3: Duel at ...

A disillusioned Musashi Miyamoto (Toshiro Mifune) has turned his back on the samurai life, becoming a farmer in a remote village, while his nemesis Kojiro (Koji Tsuruta) now works for the shogun.

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Sanjuro

Sanjuro

Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akira Kurosawa’s tightly paced, beautifully composed Sanjuro. In this sly companion piece to Yojimbo, 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. Less brazen in tone than its predecessor but equally entertaining, this classic character’s return is a masterpiece in its own right.

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Scandal

Scandal

Akira Kurosawa directed this drama about a paparazzi photo that a tabloid magazine spins into a scandalous story and soon sparks a court case.

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Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no 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 from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

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Stray Dog

Stray Dog

A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo's sweltering streets for the stray dog.

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The Bad Sleep Well

The Bad Sleep Well

A young executive hunts down his father's killer in director Akira Kurosawa's scathing The Bad Sleep Well.

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The Idiot

The Idiot

An adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's masterpiece about a wayward, pure soul's reintegration into society—updated by Kurosawa to capture Japan's postwar aimlessness—is a stylish, otherworldly evocation of one man's wintry mindscape.

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The Life of Oharu

The Life of Oharu

Life's unfairness to women, and the sad lot of a prostitute in medieval Japan seldom looked more seductively lyrical or compelling Kenji Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu.

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The Lower Depths

The Lower Depths

In a run-down Edo tenement, an elderly man (Rokubei) and his bitter wife (Osugi) rent out rooms and beds to the poor. The tenants are gamblers, prostitutes, petty thieves and drunk layabouts, all struggling to survive.

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The Loyal 47 Ronin

The Loyal 47 Ronin

A timeless tale of honor and revenge, The Loyal 47 Ronin is the true story of a group of samurai who became ronin (masterless samurai) after their Lord was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a rude court official, Kira Yoshinaka. After patiently waiting and planning their revenge for over a year, they executed a daring assault on Lord Kira's estate, in the full knowledge that they would themselves be forced to commit ...

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The Sword of Doom

The Sword of Doom

Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune star in the story of a wandering samurai who exists in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman—plying his trade during the turbulent final days of Shogunate rule—Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse, without mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness.

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Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

Kurosawa's fusion of Shakespeare's MacBeth with elements of Japanese Noh theater tells the story of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall.

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Winter Kills

Winter Kills

19 years after President Timothy Keegan was assassinated, his brother Nick discovers a dying man claiming to have been the gunman. While trying to avoid his wealthy and domineering father's attempts to control his actions, Nick follows the clues that have been handed to him. As he progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern the real trails from the dead ends, and increasing dangerous as unknown parties try to stop Nick from uncovering the truth.

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Yojimbo

Yojimbo

The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa's visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time.

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Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking enforcer, but Yojimbo is both a spy for the shogunate, trying to find the gold, and in love with the merchant's unwilling mistress, Umeno. Ichi hires on as the merchant's ...

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