The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)

The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru) Japan (1960) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Revenge is a dish best served cold as the saying goes - unless that method of payback is a red-hot poker up the jacksy! But I digress. The intelligence behind a clever plot to bring someone down also requires ruthlessness to … Continue reading The Bad Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)

Red Beard (Akahige)

Red Beard (Akahige) Japan (1965) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Talk about misleading titles; I was expecting this to be a film about a pirate or maybe a savage samurai since this is a Kurosawa/Mifune collaboration. Instead, the eponymous character of this near three-hour epic is in fact a dedicated country doctor in Edo era Japan - … Continue reading Red Beard (Akahige)

High And Low (Tengoku to jigoku)

High And Low (Tengoku to jigoku) Japan (1963) Dir. Akira Kurosawa With this reputation for samurai flicks and historical epics it is easy to forget that Akira Kurosawa also made some top notch modern day set dramas too. High And Low is a taut crime thriller, a rare genre in Kurosawa’s canon, based on the … Continue reading High And Low (Tengoku to jigoku)