Although we have yet but scratched the surface of Rashomon with our first ever Film Club discussion series, it is already time to start thinking about the next films so that everyone has the opportunity to get a hold of them.
What I did for this purpose was I counted the “votes” that (most of) you had cast for the different movies in the Planning the Akira Kurosawa Film Club thread. I pushed those films with many votes to the top, and then tried to arrange them to a suitable order for the rest of the year. Giving up with any thematic ordering, I decided to try to produce an ecletic mix, with both contemporary and period pieces mixed in order to provide some variety for our viewing and discussion pleasure.
This gave me the following list, with Drunken Angel scheduled for June.
June 2008: Drunken Angel
July 2008: Yojimbo
August 2008: Stray Dog
September 2008: High and Low
October 2008: Red Beard
November 2008: Ikiru
December 2008: Madadayo
While I think that the Drunken Angel decision is final, if you would like to discuss changing anything in this list, just say so. I am certainly open for ideas.
We are saving some big guns for 2009. For example Ran, Seven Samurai or Throne of Blood none of them made it to the 2008 list. Which is perhaps only good, as some of these films are long and very complex, so we may need some practice before trying to tackle them.