Akira Kurosawa: Four Samurai Classics

Akira Kurosawa: Four Samurai Classics

DVD (Wide Screen / Letterbox / Black & White)

Overview

The box set contains four classic films directed by Akira Kurosawa. The Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, and Sanjuro are all presented in transfers that preserve their original theatrical aspect ratios. All the discs offer Japanese soundtracks rendered in Dolby Digital Mono, and English subtitles. The Seven Samurai disc contains a commentary from Japanese film historian Michael Jeck, the Hidden Fortress disc features an interview with George Lucas, the Sanjuro DVD serves up behind-the-scenes footage, and all of the discs contain original theatrical trailers. Though each of these titles is available individually, this set offers a cost-effective way to acquire all four.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
UPC: 0037429174524
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Letterbox, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 9:08:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Takashi Shimura Kambei, leader of samurai,Kurofuji
Toshiro Mifune Actor,Gen. Rokurota Makabe,Sanjuro Kuwabatake,Sanjuro Tsubaki,Kikuchiyo, would-be samurai
Eijiro Tono Gonji the Sake Seller
Misa Uehara Lady Yukihime
Yuzo Kayama Ioti Izaka
Kamatari Fujiwara Matashichi
Seizaburo Kawazu Seibei
Tatsuya Nakadai Hanbei Muroto,Unosuke
Yoshio Inaba Gorobei, wise warrior
Keiju Kobayashi Spy
Minoru Chiaki Tahei,Heihachi, amiable samurai
Seiji Miyaguchi Kyuzo, swordsman
Isuzu Yamada Orin
Reiko Dan Chidori, Mutsuta's daughter
Susumu Fujita Gen. Hyoe Tadokoro
Daisuke Kato Inokichi,Shichiroji, Kambei's friend
Hiroshi Tachikawa Yoichiro
Ko (Isao) Kimura Katsushiro, young samurai

Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Seven Samurai
1. Main Titles [2:58]
2. "Is There No God to Protect Us?" [7:16]
3. Shopping for Samurai [6:40]
4. Death of a Thief [5:50]
5. A Master and His Disciples [9:57]
6. Samurai Auditions, Part I [7:33]
7. Samurai Auditions, Part II [9:20]
8. The Seventh Samurai [11:44]
9. Frightened Village [8:08]
10. False Alarm [4:29]
11. Making Plans [8:23]
12. "Still a Child" [3:52]
13. Samurai Armor [6:33]
14. The Secret Garden [7:17]
15. Training [6:15]
16. Intermission [5:14]
17. Harvesting [2:36]
18. Night Watch [4:27]
19. Building Barricades [5:52]
20. The Scouts [7:17]
21. The Surprise Attack [7:55]
22. Funeral [2:15]
23. The First Battle [11:07]
24. Night Skirmish [7:37]
25. The Second Battle [7:47]
26. Behind the Lines [11:29]
27. That Night [13:11]
28. The Last Battle [9:02]
29. Finale [4:12]
1. Opening Comments [2:58]
2. Kurosawa's Shooting and Editing Techniques [7:16]
3. Kurosawa as Orchestrator [6:40]
4. Mifune's Acting Style [5:50]
5. Musical Themes [9:57]
6. The Viewer as Omniscient Observer [7:33]
7. Shots for Dramatic Effect [9:20]
8. Extremes [11:44]
9. Dynamism in Shooting [8:08]
10. Pacing [4:29]
11. Compositions of Three [8:23]
12. Coming of Age [3:52]
13. Passion Directed Just Past the Lens [6:33]
14. Samurai Film Themes [7:17]
15. Mifune's Biography [6:15]
16. (No Commentary) [5:14]
17. Critical Reception of Mifune's Character [2:36]
18. Kurosawa's Mentor [4:27]
19. Kikuchiyo [5:52]
20. Kurosawa's P.O.V. Style [7:17]
21. Production History [7:55]
22. Parallels [2:15]
23. The Most Imitated Shot [11:07]
24. Kurosawa's Early Biography [7:37]
25. Kurosawa's Later Biography [7:47]
26. The One Technical Mistake [11:29]
27. The Japanese Film Industry [13:11]
28. Tension and Release [9:02]
29. Seven Samurai's Success [4:12]
Side #2 -- The Hidden Fortress
1. Lost [5:00]
2. Wanted [4:01]
3. Capture & Escape [5:35]
4. "Find the Princess" [4:35]
5. Followed [1:40]
6. The General [5:59]
7. "A Hidden Fortress?" [4:15]
8. Rokurota Makabe [5:17]
9. "It's a Girl" [4:34]
10. Princess Yuki [4:01]
11. Doubting a General [2:27]
12. The Truth [4:29]
13. Trusting Fools [5:10]
14. Leaving the Fortress [3:53]
15. Running Away [4:04]
16. Botched Escape [5:30]
17. Tricking the Guards [4:22]
18. Blending In [2:04]
19. A Woman's Worth [3:52]
20. Princess Yuki's Command [3:07]
21. Rokurota in Action [:53]
22. Duel [2:00]
23. In the Rain [8:10]
24. Perfect Cover [5:52]
25. Fire Festival [2:47]
26. Fool's Gold [5:02]
27. Pressing Onwards [4:02]
28. Drawing Fire [2:18]
29. The Price of Friendship [4:07]
30. A Change of Heart [6:27]
31. "Lucky to Have Our Heads" [5:16]
32. Arrested & Rewarded [3:44]
Side #3 -- Yojimbo
1. Credits/...His Own Will to Survive... [2:53]
2. "Everybody's After Easy Money" [2:48]
3. "I'll Get Paid for Killing" [10:23]
4. Two Coffins, or Maybe Three [3:44]
5. Seibei's Offer [5:47]
6. High Noon [6:52]
7. An Official Inspection [6:11]
8. Ushitora's Offer [3:40]
9. Bodyguards That Need Guarding [3:52]
10. Loose Lips Sink Ships [3:04]
11. A Bevy of Beauties [1:41]
12. The Village Boiling Point [4:47]
13. Unosuke Shows Off [3:12]
14. Hostages [6:04]
15. Doublecross/Family Reunion [7:36]
16. Sake Gush/Total Destruction [5:48]
17. A Shortcut to Hell [4:36]
18. Disappearing Act [9:01]
19. Practice Makes Perfect [7:30]
20. The Spoils of an Undertaker [10:51]
Side #4 -- Sanjuro
1. Logos/Credits [2:14]
2. Board Meeting [5:30]
3. Disappearing Act [5:09]
4. "Just Give Me Some Money" [2:21]
5. Staking Out the Enemy [6:03]
6. Three Cats and a Tiger [4:19]
7. "Good Swords Are Kept in Their Sheaths" [5:17]
8. What's in a Name [4:01]
9. The Other Side of the Wall [3:35]
10. No Rest for the Weary [5:04]
11. Palanquin Procession [3:21]
12. Behind Closed Doors [4:09]
13. Good Guy or Bad Guy? [4:05]
14. The Bad Drink Sake [2:24]
15. Ambushes [4:45]
16. All Tied Up [4:19]
17. What the Water Brought [3:17]
18. Saving the Chamberlain [4:02]
19. Sanjuro Breaks the News [3:09]
20. Feeding the Samurai [2:51]
21. A Flood of Camellias [5:54]
22. "It's All Over" [1:34]
23. Ceremony of Thanks [3:27]
24. Two Unsheathed Swords [4:43]

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