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First Films of Akira Kurosawa

First Films of Akira Kurosawa

UPC: 715515062619

Format: DVD (4 disc)

Release Date: Aug 03, 2010

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This box set from the popular Criterion Collection 'Eclipse' line - volume 23 in the series - presents four early and seldom-seen sound films by master Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, produced many years before the titles, such as YOJIMBO and RASHOMON, that turned Kurosawa into a household name. The set includes: the 1943 SANSHIRO SUGATA, Kurosawa's debut film, on a judo student's difficult but compelling spiritual journey; THE MOST BEAUTIFUL (1944), a propagandistic wartime drama about female volunteers employed at an optics factory; SANSHIRO SUGATA, PART TWO (1945), the sequel to Kurosawa's debut, that continues the tale of Sanshiro and his quest to become a martial arts master; and THE MEN WHO TREAD ON THE TIGER'S TAIL (1945), a kabuki-inspired tale about a lord who disguises himself as a monk to get past a seemingly impenetrable roadblock.
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