Comments on: Other Films with Akira Kurosawa’s Involvement A website devoted to the study and appreciation of Akira Kurosawa's works and related subjects Sat, 14 Apr 2018 16:39:16 +0000 hourly 1 By: Vili Maunula Fri, 22 Jul 2011 06:35:19 +0000 I have finally updated this page. If you know of a film or a release not mentioned here, let me know!

By: Vili Maunula Sun, 09 Jan 2011 19:38:46 +0000 I’m not an expert, but I would bet that the website’s take on copyright is nonsense. The release seems to be the official Japanese DVD with added English subtitles. So I would imagine the picture quality to be ok, but the subtitles can be pretty much anything.

I’m not aware of any official release of the film with English subtitles. I would very much like to see it, though!

By: Garen Fri, 07 Jan 2011 14:23:39 +0000 I was reading about Snow Trail (Mifune’s first film) last night, and the more I read, the more I wanted to see it. I found it available here, but judging by the site owner’s liberal take on copyright, I’m not sure that it’s a legitimate disc, and what the quality might be. Does anyone know – is this an official release? Is it available anywhere else?

By: Vili Maunula Wed, 03 Nov 2010 19:58:36 +0000

Are all of these films written or co-written by Kurosawa considered lost films?

I’m pretty certain that they (or most of them) exist in one form or another. It’s just that I haven’t had the time to research what that for may be!

Anyone who knows more than I do is welcome to fill in the gaps. 🙂

By: Dan Gosse Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:55:10 +0000 Are all of these films written or co-written by Kurosawa considered lost films? Hopefully they are archived in a film library somewhere in Japan.

Vanished Enlisted Man (Kieta chutai, 1955)
My Wonderful Yellow Car (Fukeyo haru kaze, 1953)
Sword for Hire (Sengoku burai, 1952)
Vendetta of a Samurai (Araki Mataemon: Kettô kagiya no tsuji, 1952)
The Den of Beasts (Kedamono no yado, 1951)
Beyond Love and Hate (Ai to nikushimi no kanata e, 1951)
Fencing Master (Tateshi Danpei, 1950)
Tetsu of Jilba (Jiruba Tetsu, 1950)
Escape at Dawn (Akatsuki no dasso, 1950)
Jakoman and Tetsu (Jakoman to Tetsu, 1949)
The Lady from Hell (Jigoku no kifujin, 1949)
The Portrait (Shozo, 1948)
Snow Trail (Ginrei no hate, 1947)
Four Love Stories [one segment, “Hatsukoi”] (Yottsu no koi no monogatari, 1947)
Bravo! Tebare Ishin (Tenbare Ishin tasuke, 1945)
Wrestling-Ring Festival (Dohyosai, 1944)
The Triumphant Song of the Wings (Tsuaka no gaika, 1942)
Wind Currents of Youth (Seishun no kiryu, 1942)

By: Vili Maunula Fri, 14 Mar 2008 12:45:04 +0000 I didn’t know that the official Japanese release of Ame agaru film has English subtitles. But after following Lewis’s link it indeed turned out to be so. Thanks for the info, guys!

By the way, I find the final sequence in the film, and especially the way that it was edited together, simply brilliant.

My first impression of Runaway Train was identical to Andrew’s, but somehow it got better on repeated viewings. But I haven’t seen it for a while now, as I lost the tape.

By: Andrew Fri, 14 Mar 2008 01:46:13 +0000 A few thoughts on other Kurosawa projects that I’ve seen:

– I bought a decent copy of ‘After the Rain’ on eBay. It’s a very satisfying homage to Kurosawa, without being completely derivative. I need to watch it again, when I have a chance.

– ‘Runaway Train,’ for me, was nearly unwatchable 1980’s action film cheese, despite some Kurosawan themes.

– I need to watch more Ichikawa, as besides ‘Dora Heita,’ I’ve only watched his stellar ‘Tokyo Olympiad.’ For what it’s worth, here are some brief comments I posted at another film discussion site several months ago:
“One can definitely see Kurosawa’s fingerprints all over the
story, as its lighthearted allegorical romp through Tokugawa-era
corruption is reminiscent of ‘Sanjuro.’

“A few flaws jumped out at me, nonetheless: 1)the bloodless swordfights
and punchouts lacked AK’s ethic of violence; 2) the sets seemed too
new, not lived-in (unlike, say, ‘Red Beard’; and 3) the low-key synthesizer soundtrack managed to be simultaneously bland, cheesy, and anachronistic.”

– I agree with Vili’s take on ‘The Sea is Watching’ and would love to watch it again.

By: Jeremy Quintanilla Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:37:10 +0000 I going to start looking into the movies you listed and see if there happens to be something out there, we are not aware of yet. I will be sure to let you know.

Thanks for the link Lewis

By: Lewis Saul Thu, 13 Mar 2008 15:04:37 +0000 I bought it here.

By: Lewis Saul Thu, 13 Mar 2008 15:00:22 +0000 I notice you don’t list a DVD for “After the Rain.”

I have it (w/subs) on DVD. I got it from either or some other Asian outlet.

Shiro is good, but he’s nowhere near his dad.

Terao is excellent, as always.

A fine film.