Seven Samurai, December 9
Toshiro Mifune is a sly, amoral mercenary looking to make a fistful of ryo in a lawless town in Kurosawa's tongue-in-cheek anti-epic, which inspired Eastwood's later A Fistful of Dollars. "A visually faultless and highly sophisticated satire on violence and human weakness."-Sight and Sound
Tatsuya Nakadai is a psychotic samurai who makes De Niro's Travis Bickle look like Richard Simmons in this "manga-existential masterwork."-Village Voice. With a steely cameo by Toshiro Mifune.
A dropout samurai pacifist (Tatsuya Nakadai) helps some youthful idealists battle corrupt politicians in Kihachi Okamoto's very 1968 samurai send-up, a blend of Kerouac and Kurosawa. "An anarchically exhilarating and archly self-skewering swordplay classic."-Village Voice
Kurosawa's Noh-influenced version of Macbeth is "the most brilliant and original attempt ever made to put Shakespeare on screen."-Time. The towering Toshiro Mifune is paired with the legendary Isuzu Yamada in "a partnership of titans."-Film Forum
A ragtag group of samurai band together to protect a village from bandits in Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, often cited as one of the ten best films ever made. Seeing it on the big screen, who's to argue?
Tatsuya Nakadai is a penniless samurai who asks a wealthy clan's permission to commit ritual suicide-but that's not the only killing on his mind-in "probably the best samurai film ever made."-Washington Post
Toshiro Mifune is a dutiful samurai whose subservience is about to end. With music by Toru Takemitsu and an unforgettable supporting turn by Tatsuya Nakadai. "The final duel between Mifune and Nakadai is as exciting as any put on film."-David Shipman