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AKIRA KUROSAWA AND TOSHIRÔ MIFUNE

February at the Trylon

Akira Kurosawa was perhaps the most influential filmmaker of the 20th century. Whether making samurai epics, detective tales, or family dramas, he revolutionized how movies are made and opened Asian cinema to the West. His greatest muse was the incomparable Toshirô Mifune. This series highlights their magnificent work together. This series is sponsored by Ramen Kazama, Minneapolis, with promotional support from Asian Media Access.

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Past Films in this Series

Starts Fri, February 1

RASHOMON

(1950, 35mm, 88m, Japanese w/English subtitles) w/Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori. A broken-down gatehouse called Rashomon is the gathering place for three witnesses to a heinous crime. They tell what happened from their own discrepant viewpoints. Rashomon earned Kurosawa international attention. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN 3:00 5:00

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Starts Sun, February 3

RED BEARD

(1965, 35mm, 185m, Japanese w/English subtitles) w/Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki. Red Beard (Mifune) is a hard-bitten doctor who has taken on the mentoring of a novice. This moving film marked Kurosawa and Mifune’s 16th and final collaboration. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES 7:00

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Starts Fri, February 8

THE HIDDEN FORTRESS

(1958, 35mm, 139m, Japanese w/English subtitles) w/Misa Uehara, Kamatari Fujiwara. Two bumbling deserters agree to escort a general (Mifune) and princess (Uehara) across enemy lines. Genuinely funny and exciting, the film directly prefigured Star Wars. FRI 7:00 SAT 9:15 SUN 3:00

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Starts Fri, February 8

THRONE OF BLOOD

(1957, 35mm, 109m, Japanese w/English subtitles) w/Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada. Kurosawa’s masterful adaptation of Macbeth finds 16th-century General Washizu (Mifune) hearing a prophecy and becoming consumed with greed. Photographed atop Mount Fuji in stark and stunning black-and-white. FRI 9:45 SAT 7:00 SUN 5:45

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Starts Fri, February 15

STRAY DOG

(1949, 35mm, 122m, Japanese w/English subtitles) w/Takashi Shimura, Keiko Iwaji. Detective Murakami (Mifune) loses his pistol and frantically searches for it, finding evidence of its use in multiple crimes. A humanistic work about shame and responsibility. FRI 7:00 SAT 9:15 SUN 3:00

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Starts Fri, February 15

I LIVE IN FEAR

(1955, 35mm, 103m, Japanese w/English subtitles) w/Minoru Chiaki, Eiko Myoshi. Mifune plays a wealthy industrialist so deeply afraid after the invention of the hydrogen bomb that he attempts to move his family to Brazil. They respond by trying to have him declared insane. FRI 9:30 SAT 7:00 SUN 5:15

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Starts Fri, February 22

SEVEN SAMURAI

(1954, 35mm, 207m, Japanese w/English subtitles) w/Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima. Residents of a small village besieged by bandits hire Kembei (Shimura), an aging destitute samurai, and six others to protect them. The result of a year-long production process, Seven Samurai is among the greatest films ever made. On Sunday, onigiri (rice balls) will be available for purchase thanks to series sponsor Ramen Kazama. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00 7:30

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