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Film Review: ‘Kingdom’

  • Variety
A dose of 21st century attitude mixes nicely with other winning ingredients in “Kingdom,” a thoroughly entertaining adaptation of Yasuhisa Hara’s hugely popular manga set in China, 245 B.C. Centered on two orphan boys who dream of becoming “the greatest generals on Earth,” this Japanese take on a Chinese wuxia is overwrought at times and too simply plotted at others, but wins through with colorful characters, top-class swordplay and snappy dialogue that’ll especially connect with younger viewers. Energetically directed and co-written by manga-to-screen specialist Shinsuke Sato, “Kingdom” grossed a whopping $50 million in local cinemas earlier this year and ought to perform strongly in limited North American release from August 16.

Taking its thematic cues from literary classics including “The Prince and the Pauper,” and adopting the high-spirited story-telling of action-adventures such as Akira Kurosawa’s “The Hidden Fortress,” “Kingdom” refreshes a familiar tale of heroes emerging from poverty to
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‘Star Wars’ Owes a Great Debt to Akira Kurosawa’s ‘The Hidden Fortress’

‘Star Wars’ Owes a Great Debt to Akira Kurosawa’s ‘The Hidden Fortress’
(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films and television properties that inspired George Lucas’ iconic universe. In this edition: The classic Kurosawa film The Hidden Fortress.) When people talk about the cinematic influences of Star Wars, the first movie that will come out of most mouths will […]

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How Seven Samurai created the blueprint for this year’s biggest film Avengers: Endgame

Tom Jolliffe takes a look back at Seven Samurai and its influence on modern action cinema, including the film event of the year, Avengers: Endgame…

When everyone in the world within 50 miles of a cinema runs off to see Avengers: Endgame (myself included), I’d like you to bare something in mind; That is a key piece of cinema history. A film that is now 65 years old but is still gripping, epic, exciting, funny and…well, badass. That film is Seven Samurai. Avengers: Endgame owes a large debt to this Akira Kurosawa’s masterful work. As does every big action epic of the last 60 years.

I re-watched Seven Samurai again a few days ago. It’s long. Even if you were gauging it by Marvel standards, it’s hella long. Endgame will chime in at 3 hours, but Seven Samurai has an extra half hour on top of that. So this
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Shinobu Hashimoto Dies: Writer Of ‘Rashomon’, ‘Seven Samurai’ & 70 Other Screenplays Was 100

Shinobu Hashimoto, the screenwriter whose work is credited as being among the most influential in film history, died Thursday of pneumonia at his Tokyo home, according to Japanese media reports. He was 100.

Hashimoto was the screenwriter for some of the most important films in Japanese history, including Rashomon and Seven Samurai from director Akira Kurosawa. Rashomon was his first work made into a film, and he went on to write nearly 80 scripts, including collaborations with such Japanese cinema giants as Kurosawa, Tadashi Imai, Mikio Naruse, Kihachi Okamoto and Masaky Kobayashi.

The Hashimoto story almost ended before it began. He enlisted in the Japanese army in 1938 but caught tuberculosis and spent four years in a veterans hospital. It was while hospitalized that a chance meeting with another Japanese veteran opened his eyes to a new world. He was given a magazine on Japanese cinema that included a sample screenplay. He quickly
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Shinobu Hashimoto, Screenwriter on Kurosawa's 'The Seven Samurai' and 'Rashomon,' Dies at 100

Screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto, who wrote for some of the most iconic films in Japanese history, including The Seven Samurai and Rashomon from director Akira Kurosawa, has died. He was 100.

Hashimoto died Thursday at his home in Tokyo from pneumonia, Japanese public broadcaster Nhk reported.

Hashimoto wrote or co-wrote more than 70 screenplays, including many of Kurosawa's classics, also including The Hidden Fortress (1958). He directed three films as well, including I Want to Be a Shellfish (1959), and carried on as a screenwriter until suffering a stroke in his 90s.

The Seven Samurai told the tale of a village of peasants ...
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The Classic Influences of Star Wars

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Although Star Wars today has become much more than just a movie, there was a time when it was nothing more than a risky business proposition. This is a look at how classic film and cultural changes helped that original film blossom into the most popular and profitable film-based franchise in history.

Let me take you back to a time before midichlorians and Gungans. Before lightsabers and tie fighters. This is a time when Death Star could have referred to a Shuriken, and Skywalker was the nickname for future NBA Hall of famer David Thompson. It was 1973 and George Lucas began writing the script for what would become Star Wars, later Episode IV: A New Hope. At this time, Lucas had completed filming his second feature film, American Graffiti, which would become a hit. His first feature film was 1971’s Thx-1138, a dystopian sci-fi, and a flop in theaters. However,
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Definitive Proof That Rey and Luke Are Related in The Last Jedi?

Definitive Proof That Rey and Luke Are Related in The Last Jedi?
Mark Hamill, the master of social media is at it again, but this time he may very well be hinting that Luke Skywalker and Rey are really related in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It's also important to note that Mark Hamill has been trolling Star Wars fan theorists for the past handful of months, but he's really stepped up his game this time around and in the process of fun and games, he may have let something slip about Luke and Rey's relationship. Adam Driver may or may not have let it slip out that Rey is a princess in a recent interview, leading many to believe that Kylo Ren and Rey are siblings and therefore, related to Luke Skywalker.

Mark Hamill took to his favorite social media tool, Twitter, to post an image of Rey and Luke. The top picture shows Luke in The Empire Strikes Back fighting
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Blu-ray Review – Fargo (1996)

Fargo, 1996.

Written and Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, and Peter Stormare.


If you’re into collectible steelbooks, this 20th anniversary release of Fargo from Shout! Factory is a worthwhile pick-up. However, be aware that there’s nothing new in this edition when compared to previous DVD and Blu-ray releases. And, yes, the movie came out 21 years ago.

Shout! Factory has been getting into the steelbook game with some classics. They started with Escape From New York, The Thing, and The Fog, and now they’ve revisited a Coen brothers treasure with Fargo. If you own any previous home video editions of this film, I’ll answer your likely question first: Yes, this is a repackage of the remastered 2014 Blu-ray from MGM, with the same bonus features from the flipper DVD they released in 2003, although a couple things are missing,
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Deathstroke Returns, Akira Kurosawa, Zatoichi, And The Man With No Name -- The Lrm Weekend

By David Kozlowski | 28 July 2017

Welcome to Issue #6 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17 | 6.30.17 | 6.23.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, we survived San Diego Comic-Con 2017 -- did you have a favorite moment? Thor: Ragnarok's latest trailer was a big hit at Lrm (Hulk speaks!). As July comes to a close, we're ramping up for the big movies and TV shows of the late summer through the holiday season.

This week our emphasis is on Akira Kurosawa, the legendary Japanese filmmaker who's works have inspired generations of directors, screenwriters, and actors. Kurosawa's films have been adpapted and remade dozens of times, and we hope that this week's column gives you
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Face/Off is Still The Craziest Action Film of Its Era

Paul Martinovic Jun 27, 2019

John Travolta and Nicolas Cage scored a big hit in John Woo's Face/Off, a wonderfully off-kilter John Woo movie.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

One of the great pleasures of following genre cinema is the long, enduring onscreen conversation that’s taken place between movie directors from the East and the West. It's a creative push and pull which has resulted in some of the most boundary-pushing, inventive and important films ever made. When Akira Kurosawa wrote The Hidden Fortress, an airy homage to the John Ford Westerns he loved so much, he couldn't predict its rollicking adventuring would be re-interpreted and sent into space by George Lucas to form the basis of the most successful film franchise in history via Star Wars. Similarly, when Ringo Lam took the tropes of '70s Eurocrime and American gangster movies of the '30s and '40s,
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Face/Off at 20: revisiting the film

Paul Martinovic Jul 28, 2017

John Travolta and Nicolas Cage scored a big hit in John Woo's Face/Off. We take a look back...

One of the great pleasures of following genre cinema is the long, enduring onscreen conversation that’s taken place between movie directors from the East and the West, a creative push and pull which has resulted in some of the most boundary-pushing, inventive and important films ever made. When Akira Kurosawa wrote The Hidden Fortress, an airy homage to the John Ford Westerns he loved so much, he can’t have predicted its rollicking adventuring would be re-interpreted and sent into space by George Lucas to form the basis of the most successful film franchise in history in Star Wars: A New Hope. Similarly, when Ringo Lam took the tropes of 70’s Eurocrime and American gangster movies of the 30s and 40s, and upped the machismo and
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The Godfather – but with chimpanzees: on set with War for the Planet of the Apes

The revival of the franchise is a million miles from the schlocky originals – the director of the latest calls it ‘our Russian ape novel’. The makers talk about why its apocalyptic mood feels so timely

It is January 2016. On an expanse of waste ground not far from Vancouver airport lies a chilling and spectacular sight: a sprawling labour camp, larger than a football stadium, where gun towers and searchlights are silhouetted against the white winter sky. Brutalist bullet-pocked buildings are daubed with slogans: Keep Fear to Yourself, Share Courage With Others; Fight Weakness Or Perish; Give Everything. The imposing concrete structure is patched here and there with wood, corrugated iron, barbed wire and fences. A stony-faced soldier plods through the grime and snow on horseback, a rifle slung over his shoulder, as the rain turns puddles into muddy lagoons.

This is not the most auspicious setting for a summer blockbuster.
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Another Film Podcast Episode 4: Star Wars / Akira Kurosawa

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Judson & Collin are joined by Star Wars expert Jason Ward, the editor-and-chief of and co-host of Now, This is Podcasting!, to talk about Star Wars: A New Hope and Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, which inevitably branches into a discussion about Star Wars in general and the overall influence that Kurosawa has had on Star Wars.


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Join us now and in the future. You can listen here or on iTunes (more formats are forthcoming). Be sure to check out and follow the official Twitter for upcoming episodes. @AnotherFilmPod




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‘Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams’ Review (Criterion Collection)

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Stars: Akira Terao, Martin Scorsese, Mieko Harada, Mitsuko Baisho | Written by Akira Kurosawa | Directed by Akira Kurosawa, Ishiro Honda

Made in 1990, in the twilight of his career, this is the kind of out-there movie that only an auteur of Akira Kurosawa’s status could have brought (or had financed) to fruition. He had help from some American cineaste buddies like Steven Spielberg (producing) and Martin Scorsese (lending his acting skills and a ginger wig); but the result is something steeped almost entirely in Japanese culture, its history and traditions.

Dreams is structured as a series of brief chapters, each based on one of Kurosawa’s own dreams. It’s an approach that at once seems chaotic: half-formed vignettes with no connective tissue. But at the end of its two-hour runtime, the linking themes coalesce in the mind. In short, this is a heartfelt cry about the threat of industrialisation upon rural Japanese life.
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This Rogue One Star Has Never Seen a Star Wars Movie

This Rogue One Star Has Never Seen a Star Wars Movie
It's no surprise that the Star Wars spin-off Rogue One is a bona fide box office hit. Earlier this week, it passed $600 million at the worldwide box office. The franchise is one of the most beloved in cinematic history, with all eight movies released so far earning a whopping $3.5 billion domestically and $7.3 billion worldwide. With all that being said, it's quite surprising to learn that one of the Rogue One stars, Wen Jiang, has never seen any Star Wars movie before.

The news comes from director Gareth Edwards, who revealed in this juiy bit of gossip in a lengthy conversation on Empire with the entire cast. The director says that Wen Jiang's character Baze Malbus, and his longtime friend Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) are inspired by characters from the Akira Kurosawa classic The Hidden Fortress. Here's what the director had to say about these characters, before dropping the bombshell
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Runaway Train

Cannon Films knocks one out of the park: Jon Voight and Eric Roberts escape from prison only to end up on a huge, speeding, out of control juggernaut of a freight train plowing through the Alaskan wilderness. It's both an action bruise-fest and an existential statement, and it's still a wild thrill ride. Runaway Train Blu-ray Twilight Time 1985 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Street Date October 11, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95 Starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner, John P. Ryan T.K. Carter, Kenneth McMillan, Edward Bunker, Hank Worden, Danny Trejo, Tommy Lister, Don MacLaughlin, Loren James, Dick Durock, Dennis Franz. Cinematography Alan Hume Original Music Trevor Jones Written by Djordje Milecevic, Paul Zindel, Edward Bunker based on a screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. Produced by Yoram Globus, Menachem Golan Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

When I stumbled into The Cannon Group on
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘The Magnificent Ambersons,’ Cary Grant, ‘To Sleep with Anger’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


The Magnificent Ambersons, Demy‘s Model Shop, and Mad Max play as part of “Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z.”

The Kurosawa series comes to an end with The Hidden Fortress this Saturday.

Chan Is Missing returns to theaters on a 35mm print; Visconti‘s Sandra screens on Sunday, as does the Disney documentary Bears.
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The Seven Greatest Director/Actor Combos

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Some actors and directors go together like spaghetti and meatballs. They just gel together in a rare way that makes their collaborations special. Here is a list of the seven best parings of director and actor in film history.

7: Tim Burton & Johnny Depp:

Edward Scissorhands; Ed Wood; Sleepy Hollow; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Corpse Bride; Sweeney Todd; Alice in Wonderland; Dark Shadows

Of all the parings on this list, these two make the oddest films. (In a good way.) Tim Burton is one of the most visually imaginative filmmakers of his generation and Johnny Depp was once the polymorphous master of playing a wide variety of eccentric characters. They were a natural combo. Depp made most of his best films with Burton, before his current ‘Jack Sparrow’ period began. The duo had the knack for telling stories about misfits and freaks, yet making them seem sympathetic and likable.
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Nine Deleted Subplots That Would Have Changed Entire Movies

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Movies never end up as they were originally envisioned. For various reasons, directors often decide not to film a section of the shooting-script. Also, throughout the production and post-production process of filmmaking, the cutting-room floor becomes cluttered with scenes, plots or characters that were chosen for deletion. Sometimes, these deleted scenes or subplots would have changed the entire film. Here are 9 movies with abandoned storylines would have altered the way we look at the overall movie.

The Cloverfield Monster was a young child: We never find out very much about the rampaging monster that attacks New York in Cloverfield. Where did it come from and why did it attack the city? Jj Abrams has said that, in the original conception of the story, the creature was a child belonging to an ancient Lovecraftian race that lies sleeping in the depth of the ocean. A young child from this race is awoken by a crashing satellite.
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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Director Travis Knight on Akira Kurosawa’s Influence and Studio Ghibli’s Legacy

When I last spoke with Travis Knight he was juggling the responsibilities of CEO and lead animator at his Portland-based animation studio, Laika. Now, with the company’s fourth feature, he is adding another to his resume: director. Kubo and the Two Strings, the year’s most gorgeous-looking animation thus far, arrives in theaters this week, and I had a chance to speak with him about his debut.

We discussed the wide-ranging influences on the film — from Kurosawa to manga comics — as well as his thoughts on voice acting, Studio Ghibli’s legacy, and much more. Check out the full conversation below.

The Film Stage: In the film, I saw inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress with this ragtag group of characters and the unlikely hero — and obviously that was inspiration for Star Wars, which I heard was one of your first movie-going experiences — so I’m curious
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