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An Academy Salute to Akira Kurosawa


Thursday, September 18th at 8:00pm at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre


Hosted by film critic Kenneth Turan and panel discussion with special guests, including Hisao Kurosawa.

Featuring the premiere of the new restoration from the Academy Film Archive in association with the Kadokawa Culture promotion foundation and The Film Foundation of RASHOMON.

Followed by a preview of the new exhibition “Akira Kurosawa: Film Artist” in the Academy’s Galleries.

The Academy launches its three-month celebration of master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (1910–1998) with an evening highlighting a dynamic new exhibition as well as the digital restoration of Kurosawa’s early masterpiece RASHOMON. A crime drama that questions the very nature of truth, RASHOMON, set in feudal Japan, depicts a violent incident from four different points of view. The film’s innovative approach and style not only had a profound influence on cinematic storytelling, it also cemented Kurosawa’s international reputation as a significant creative force.

Before the screening, Kurosawa’s son Hisao, currently the head of Kurosawa Productions in Japan, will participate in a panel discussion along with friends and collaborators of the legendary director.

Academy Award® winner (1951): Honorary Foreign Language Film Award (Japan)

Academy Award nominee (1952): Black-and-White Art Direction (Matsuyama, Matsumoto)

At the Linwood Dunn Theater:

Friday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Premiering a new print
In 16th century Japan, seven wandering swordsmen band together to defend an isolated farming village against marauding bandits. 35mm. 207 mins. Academy Award nominee (1956): Black-and-White Art Direction (Takashi Matsuyama), Black-and-White Costume Design (Kohei Ezaki)

Saturday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m.

RAN (1985)
Premiering a new print
The story of King Lear, 16th century Japanese civil war history, and the legend of Morikawa, a feudal warlord with three sons, come together in this intense examination of family betrayal and the precariousness of human relationships. 35mm. 160 mins. Academy Award winner: Costume Design (Emi Wada) Academy Award nominee: Art Direction (Yoshiro Muraki, Shinobu Muraki), Cinematography (Takao Saito, Masaharu Ueda, Asakazu Nakai), Directing (Akira Kurosawa)

Friday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m.

YOJIMBO (1961)
In a village divided by rival factions, a samurai warrior who is courted by both sides devises his own plan to rid the community of its criminals. 35mm. 110 mins. Academy Award nominee: Black-and-White Costume Design (Yoshiro Muraki)

Saturday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Premiering a new print
Dersu Uzala, a hunter living alone in the taiga forests of Eastern Siberia, becomes a friend and mentor to a Russian Army engineer. 35mm. 144 mins. Academy Award winner: Foreign Language Film (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)

Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online, by mail (HTML or PDF format) or at the Academy during regular business hours. Doors open one hour before each screening. All seating is unreserved. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine St., Hollywood. For additional information, please call the Academy at (310) 247-3600.

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