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In honor of the centennial of incomparable director Akira Kurosawa (1919-1998), Film Forum is celebrating with a month-long retrospective of all off his history-making films, as well as his lesser-known classics and his earliest endeavors, including his wartime directorial debut. The festival runs January 6–February 4, 2010, followed by a two-week run of Ran, starring Tatsuya Nakadai. The festival opens with a 9-day run (Jan. 6-14) of Stray Dog, starring Toshiro Mifune as a cop searching for his stolen service revolver through post-war Tokyo. Other films include the landmark Seven Samurai, the inspiration for The Magnificent Seven; Throne of Blood, Kurosawa's take on MacBeth; Rashomon, the film that made him a world-class name; Hidden Fortress,which, as everyone knows by now, inspired Star Wars; Yojimbo, High and Low, Ikiru, Ran, as well as his lesser-known The Bad Sleep Well and I Live in Fear. His first movie with actor Mifune, Drunken Angel, launched one of the greatest collaborations in movie history, not only as a team with remarkable output, but resulting in the best, most time-honored films in the canons of both artists. Stray Dog (1949) Toshiro Mifune, Takashi ShimuraJanuary 6-14 (9 Days) New 35mm Print Throne of Blood (1957) Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu YamadaJanuary 15 FriThe Hidden Fortress (1958) Toshiro Mifune, Misa UeharaJanuary 16 SatThe Idiot (1951) Toshiro Mifune, Setsuko Hara, Masayuki MoriJanuary 17 SunSanshiro Sugata I (1943)Sanshiro Sugata II (1945)January 18 Mon One Wonderful Sunday (1947)They Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)January 19 Tue Ikiru (1952) Takashi ShimuraJanuary 20 WedI Live in Fear (1955) Toshiro MifuneJanuary 21 ThuHigh and Low (1963) Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya NakadaiJanuary 22 FriDrunken Angel (1948) Toshiro Mifune, Takashi ShimuraJanuary 23 SatThe Quiet Duel (1949) Toshiro Mifune, Takashi ShimuraJanuary 24 SunScandal (1950) Toshiro Mifune, Takashi ShimuraJanuary 24 Sun The Most Beautiful (1944) Yoko Yaguchi (The Future Mrs. Kurosawa)No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) Setsuko HaraJanuary 25 Mon The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Toshiro Mifune, Kyoko KagawaJanuary 26 TueKagemusha (1980) Tatsuya NakadaiJanuary 27 WedRashomon (1950) New 35mm Restoration Toshiro Mifune, Machiko KyoJanuary 28 ThuDreams (1990) Martin ScorseseJanuary 28 Thu Seven Samurai (1954) Toshiro Mifune, Takashi ShimuraJanuary 29/30 Fri/satThe Lower Depths (1957) Toshiro Mifune, Bokuzen HidariJanuary 31/February 1 Sun/MonRhapsody in August (1991) Sachiko Murase, Richard GereFebruary 1 Mon Dodes'ka-den (1970) New 35mm Print!February 1 MonRed Beard (1965) Toshiro MifuneFebruary 2 TueYojimbo (1961) Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya NakadaiSanjuro (1962) Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya NakadaiFebruary 3 Wed Dersu Uzala (1975)February 4 ThuRan (1985) Tatsuya NakadaiFebruary 5-18 (2 Weeks) New 35mm Print More details can be found at www.filmforum.org. Film Forum209 W Houston Street (between 6th Avenue & Varick)New York City212-727-8110
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