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Kurosawa: Classic Collection
Akira Kurosawa, one of the cinema's greatest auteurs, has wowed audiences and inspired filmmakers as diverse as George Lucas and Sergio Leone. This essential 5-disc box set brings together five of his most profound masterpieces exploring the many complexities of life. Included here is the beautifully nuanced Ikiru (1952); the nuclear threat themed drama I Live in Fear (1949); the humane masterpiece Red Beard (1965); the acclaimed Maxim Gorky adaptation The Lower Depths (1957); and Kurosawa's acclaimed first colour film Dodes Ka-den (1970).
- Extensive illustrated booklet featuring essays and film notes
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These loosely-themed BFI Kurosawa box sets are often available for under £20 in the periodic Amazon sales, so they are a convenient & affordable way to get a comprehensive Kurosawa library.
This box contains 5 films on 5 discs (with a little booklet of notes & some Alex Cox introductions) & is called `Classic Collection', which doesn't necessarily mean `best' or `most popular' - if you want Kurosawa's greatest hits you should get the `Samurai Collection' box set. `Classic' here seems to mean `serious' - these are Kurosawa's more serious films, many of them literary adaptations and, as such, this collection will probably appeal mostly to long-time aficionados of vintage Japanese cinema.
IKURU (1952) is the best known film here - a poignant story of a terminally ill office worker fighting against bureaucracy & conformity on behalf of others & finding a meaning to his life in the process.
I LIVE IN FEAR (1955) is about an old man obsessed with the idea that Japan will again be a victim of atomic annihilation - is his paranoia a symptom of madness or unflinching sanity? This might not be what people want or expect from a Kurosawa movie but, in its own terms, it's quite successful & provocative - and given the recent nuclear accident in Japan, still relevant.
RED BEARD (1965) took 2 years to make & was the most expensive ever Japanese film - it must be one of the longest too (170 minutes) & is an episodic narrative about a humane doctor trying to modernise & reform his feudal community. Red Beard is difficult to resist but, depending on your point of view, it is either Kurosawa's ultimate humanist masterpiece or where self-indulgence & sentimentality started to take over.Read more ›
The production quality is variable. Ikiru and The Lower Depths have some really grainy scenes. In particular some of the indoor scenes in Ikiru have struggled to sustain the test of time. The grainy and scratchy visuals could be off-putting for those who find themselves distracted by such things. For those of us who focus more on the great stories being told the less than ideal picture quality is entirely forgiveable. The films are in Japanese with British English subtitles.
Classic Collection starts out with Ikiru. It is argued by some to be Kurosawa's finest work. That would be a bit of a stretch considering the incredible films he made but as an emotional human interets piece with complex morality and huge portions of commentary on Japanese social structure it is terrific.
Compared to the listed 143 minute run time for the original, there are 9 minutes of cuts in this version. As it is such a slow film with moments of utter stillness, the loss of that amount of time is obviously not the original Kurosawa intention but is no disaster.
Ikiru is the story of a senior local council bureaucrat named Watanabe.Read more ›
Akira Kurosawa will forever be synonymous with his world-dominating, ground-breaking take on the samurai and one that he'll be remembered for, above all else. However, he was far from being a one-genre director and in many ways, classics such as Ikiru (included here) are their equal.
Many in the 'Crime Collection' set (which I've also reviewed) - Drunken Angel, Stray Dog and High & Low, 3 in particular, which all show this master director turning to contemporary issues, of a hugely changing Japan. Even if you don't consider them classics, they're as good as anything Hollywood did - OK, minus 'our' iconic screen idols, look at them as very good dramas dealing with big issues of the time; usually in a thoroughly entertaining and accomplished way.
I have digressed, my point having been to show that alternative Kurosawa's are often the equal to his famous films and thus worthy of our attention; so now to this set.
As other reviewers have said, you get two extra films never released on DVD before - Lower Depths and Dodes'Ka-Den and so avid Kurosawa fans and completists will get something extra. For me, it's Red Beard that I most wanted to see, whilst I Live in Fear touches on Ozu territory, in its poignant and respectful look at cold-war paranoia that the whole of the developed world suffered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a film maker Kurosawa, makes you feel good to be alivePublished 12 months ago by douglas james nicholls
The're 5 films in this box and it's hard to pin down all of them in this textbox. Dodes'ka-den is to me a movie i do understand so to me i'ts not bad. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2013 by Lars Johansson
I do like many films made by Kurosawa. And then I am curious about his productions in general.
I don't like this - also in general:
When I by collections of film... Read more
Someone recommended this director to me as I did not know his work. Why this classic series of films had escaped my attention I don't know, perhaps my attention was not drawn by... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2013 by clarag