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Essential Kurosawa: Selected by David Stratton

This retrospective is a selection of the finest films made by one of cinema’s great directors, Akira Kurosawa.  A master of action, Kurosawa was influenced by directors like John Ford and in turn influenced a younger generation of filmmakers, like George Lucas and Martin Scorsese.’ – David Stratton

The NFSA welcomes David Stratton to Arc cinema, for our closing night screening of the 4K restoration of Rashomon on Friday 30 June.

Presented in association with The Japan Foundation, Sydney Film Festival and ACMI. All films are Japanese language/English subtitles.

RAN 4K [ 1985| PG |157 mins]
Wednesday 14 June @ 6.45pm
Kurosawa’s last great epic is a re-working of King Lear with sons replacing the original’s daughters.  The battle scenes are magnificently staged with impressive use of colour.

THE THRONE OF BLOOD  [1957| PG |105 mins]
Friday 16 June @ 6.30pm
Macbeth is brilliantly re-invented with elements of Noh theatre incorporated into the drama.  A great screen adaptation of Shakespeare, beautiful and ominous.

YOJIMBO [1961| PG |106 mins]
Friday 16 June @ 8.30pm
Toshiro Mifune is the fastest sword in the East in an exciting and entertaining film that inspires Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars.

KAGEMUSHA [1980| PG |153 mins]
Monday 19 June @ 2pm + Thursday 22 June @ 6.45pm
At the time, the most expensive Japanese film ever made, this explosive epic unfolds during a period of clan warfare and questions the very nature of power.

SEVEN SAMURAI [1954 | PG | 202 mins]
Friday 23 June @ 6.45pm
Farmers from a remote village, who are regularly attacked and robbed by bandits, seek help from seven warriors in this celebrated action epic.

RASHOMON 4K [1950| M |88 mins]
Monday 26 June 2pm + Friday 30 June @ 7pm
An innovative murder mystery that explores the subjective nature of truth.  Toshiro Mifune plays a bandit accused of murdering a samurai and raping his wife – but what actually happened? Closing night with David Stratton as special guest (30 June)

HIGH AND LOW [1963| PG |142 mins]
Wednesday 28 June @ 6.45pm
An Ed McBain thriller (King’s Ransom) is transformed into an epic moral tale in which a man is faced with a terrible dilemma when his son is kidnapped.

Where: NFSA Arc Cinema, National Film & Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT 2601 map

Individual films -
$14 Adults/$12 Concession (Under 18s, Students, Seniors, Pensioner & Health Care card holders)
Season pass - $80 Adults/$75 Concession (Includes 11 sessions and closing night drinks with special guest David Stratton)
Please note: online bookings incur a non-refundable charge of 30 cents/ticket

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National Film & Sound Archive
McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601
Tel: (02) 6248 2000

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