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
(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 5:00See More
(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 7:00See More
(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 3:00See More
(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 5:45See More
(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 3:00See More
(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 5:15See More
(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 7:30See More