1943-7 (DVD 2011)
Published/distributed by BFI
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Early Kurosawa: RRP 39.99
Available on DVD for the first time, this 4-disc set contains 6 films from legendary
auteur, Akira Kurosawa, made at the start of his career and demonstrate the emergence
of a profoundly influential directorial vision.
Sanshiro Sugata (Sugata Sanshiro), 1943, 79 minutes
Kurosawas assured debut about a young mans spiritual journey through the study and practice
Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two (Zoku Sugata Sanshiro), 1945, 83minutes
This sequel reunites most of the principal cast from the original and follows Sanshiro face a new
set of enemies whilst continuing his quest to become a judo master.
The Most Beautiful (Ichiban utsukushiku), 1944, 85minutes
An artful propaganda film that anticipates the social realism of his post-war films, The Most
Beautiful provides a fascinating portrait of female volunteer workers in an optics factory
manufacturing lenses for binoculars and gunsights.
They Who Step on the Tigers Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi), 1945, 58minutes
Adapted from Noh and Kabuki theatre, this classic tale of deception sees a lord and his
bodyguard disguise themselves as monks to bypass an enemy roadblock.
No Regrets For Our Youth (Waga seishun ni kuinashi), 1946, 110 minutes
Kurosawas first post-war film stars Ozu regular Setsuko Hara as Yukie, a privileged daughter of
a professor who takes a soul-searching journey through rural Japan and comes to question her
One Wonderful Sunday (Subarashiki nichiyobi), 1947, 108 minutes
A bitter-sweet story of young love set in the devastation of post-war Tokyo reminiscent of Frank
Capras social realist comedies.