VIZ Cinema marks the centennial birth of Japan’s most renowned film director – Akira Kurosawa – with SAMURAI SAGA Vol. 2, celebrating nearly 50 years of big screen samurai action and drama.
Friday, 8/20 – Thursday, 9/2
SEVEN SAMURAI | 1954, 207min, 35mm, Japanese with English Subtitles
One of the most beloved movie epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (Shichinin No Samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits.
RASHOMON | 1950, 88min, 35mm, Japanese with English Subtitles
Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Rashomon is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice.
SANJURO | 1962, 96min, 35mm, Japanese with English Subtitles
Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Akira Kurosawa’s tightly paced, beautifully composed Sanjuro
YOJIMBO | 1961, 110min, 35mm, Japanese with English Subtitles
The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage
THRONE OF BLOOD | 1957, 109min, 35mm, Japanese with English Subtitles
One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare, Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood reimagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa’s longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior’s savage rise to power and his ignominious fall.
THE HIDDEN FORTRESS | 1958, 139min, 35mm, Japanese with English Subtitles
A general and a princess must dodge enemy clans while smuggling the royal treasure out of hostile territory with two bumbling, conniving peasants at their sides; it’s a spirited adventure that only Akira Kurosawa could create.
VIZ CINEMA at NEW People
1746 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
General Admission Tickets: $10:00; No discounts apply.
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