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Ten favorite kurosawa Films

by Dale Wittig

I wish I could say that I loved Kurosawa’s last eight or nine films as much as those that came before, but following the end of his collaboration with Toshirô Mifune, I believe much of the passion that I associate with his work is missing. Of the grand spectacles he concocted late in life, I prefer Kagemusha (1980) to Ran (1985,) which is his adaptation of King Lear. Perhaps the best of his late films is Hachi-gatsu no kyôshikyoku (Rhapsody in August, 1991.) I have seen all of Akira Kurosawa’s films except Subarashiki nichiyôbi (One Wonderful Sunday, 1947.)