Best 10 films of the Japanese master.
"Most directors have one masterpiece by which they are known, or possibly two. Kurosawa has at least eight or nine." -Francis Ford Coppola.
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place. (180 mins.)
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Throne of Blood
A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. (110 mins.)
The Bad Sleep Well
A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide. (151 mins.)
High and Low
An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. (143 mins.)
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol. (122 mins.)