Akira Kurosawa

SHICHININ NO SAMURAI (Die sieben Samurai)

A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village’s request for protection from bandits. He gathers six other samurai to help him, and they teach the towns people how to defend themselves. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.

Japan 1954
Regie: Akira Kurosawa
203 min, 35 mm, s/w, OF mit dt. UT

TENGOKU TO JIGOKU (High and Low)

At a crucial point in his business life, executive Gondo learns that his son has been kidnapped and that the ransom demanded is near the amount Gondo has raised for a critical business deal. Gondo is prepared to pay the ransom – that is, until he learns that the kidnappers have mistakenly abducted not Gondo’s son, but the child of Gondo’s chauffeur. Now Gondo must decide whether the other man’s child is equally worth saving.

Japan 1963
Regie: Akira Kurosawa
143 min, 35 mm, s/w, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
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