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Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams
"...Directed by: Akira Kurosawa. Starring: Martin Scorsese, Chishu Ryu, Mieko Harada, Mitsuko..."

July 15, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Akira
This animated science fiction based on a graphic novel set the modern standard of excellence for Japanese anime.

Sept. 25, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Ran
Kurosawa uses Shakespeare's King Lear as a template, but in Ran Lear's three scheming daughters are sons, and the action is transposed to a mythic, dreamlike, feudal Japan. Like an adrenalized fever dream of ultimate power gone awry, Ran reveals Kurosawa's grasp of visual splendor at its most powerful.
"...Directed by: Akira Kurosawa. Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke..."

Dec. 1, 2000 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Neo-Tokyo
"...the other carrying on in the standard tradition of Akira-esque incomprehensibility. The film opens with a young girl's plunge,..."

Aug. 13, 1993 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Steamboy
Japanese anime director Katsuhiro Ôtomo, best known for Akira, here delivers a dazzlingly straightforward rush that thrusts its protagonist into astonishing action set-piece after set-piece.
"...known stateside as the man behind 1998’s animé landmark Akira and 2001’s equally stunning Metropolis, but Steamboy, 10 years..."

March 18, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Minbo -- Or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion
"...Directed by: Juzo Itami. Starring: Nobuku Miyamoto, Akira Takarada and Yasuo Daichi. Far removed from the glamorized..."

Feb. 24, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Dragonball: Evolution
Live-action versions of animé/manga hits are notoriously hard to pull off, and Dragonball: Evolution proves no exception.
"...Kim. If anybody can wring some sense out of Akira Toriyama's wildly popular Japanese manga Dragonball Z (and its..."

April 17, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Vantage Point
Like Rashomon, this Dennis Quaid vehicle replays a single event – the assassination of the U.S. president – from multiple points of view.
"...glaring idiosyncrasies, of which there are many. Like the Akira Kurosawa classic, Vantage Point replays a single event –..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pulse
The ghost is literally in the machine in this prototypical Japanese horror film that works primarily with dread and inexplicable phenomena rather than blood and guts.
"...great sequences. Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to the great Akira) films most of the movie in mid- to long-shot,..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Nobody Knows
Nobody Knows is the rare film that successfully tells its tale of childhood from the children’s point of view, forgoing easy sensationalism and poignancy for naturalism and honesty.
"...abandons them, leaving behind an envelope of cash, young Akira (Yagira, who amazingly won the best actor award for..."

April 8, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Tree of Palme
It's the Pinocchio story filtered through the prism of cyberpunk animé.
"...Nakamura, a key animator on watershed animé ranging from Akira to Robot Carnival to Dagger of Kamui, isn’t content..."

Feb. 11, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
Gundam toy animé.
"...the world of Gundam and you’re seeking the next Akira, or even the next Dirty Pair, you’d be better..."

April 16, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Last Samurai
Tom Cruise turns Japanese.
"...those gloriously muscular films by the great Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, cinematic masterpieces like Yojimbo and The Seven Samurai...."

Dec. 5, 2003 Movie Review by Steve Davis

(Re)learning Japanese
One was a hardworking Renaissance man, a student of literature. The other was a hard-living military veteran, a cameraman-in-training who stumbled into acting after his grizzled mug and gruff mien won a talent search. Together, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune created some of the Japanese cinema's most enduring treasures.
"...mug and gruff mien won a talent search. Together, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune created some of the Japanese..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Screens Feature by Marrit Ingman

Spriggan
"...frenzied, realistic animation (by the team who also made Akira) pulls out every stop to fool the eye. Spriggan,..."

Nov. 9, 2001 Movie Review by Jay Hardwig

Perfect Blue
"...Otomo -- the man behind the seminal anime masterpiece Akira -- Perfect Blue tells the story of Mima Kirigoe,..."

Nov. 12, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Last Man Standing
"...Hill has instead drawn inspiration from Eastern lore, namely Akira Kurosawa's 1961 samurai classic Yojimbo, which has, of course,..."

Sept. 27, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Roujin-Z
"...fellow best known as the writer and director of Akira, the standard against which all anime imports are most..."

April 5, 1996 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Heavy Metal
With music by Blue Oyster Cult, Black Sabbath, Cheap Trick, Devo, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, and Stevie Nicks, this animated anthology is a heady mix of sci-fi, sex, and early Eighties hard rock.
"...for this re-release) and visuals that inspired everything from Akira to Blade Runner...."

March 8, 1996 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Wicked City
"...children, this may not be the second coming of Akira, but it's a step in the right direction...."

Feb. 4, 1994 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Silk Road
"...visual and emotional grandeur of a David Lean or Akira Kurosawa film. Only the battle scenes, depicted as bloodthirsty..."

Aug. 7, 1992 Movie Review by Steve Davis

The Castle of Cagliostro
Hayao Miyazaki made his debut as a director of animated films with this story of the greatest gentleman thief of all time: Lupin III.
"...Technicolor ultra-violence that helped make films like Golgo 13, Akira, and Vampire Hunter D such audience favorites, and instead..."

June 26, 1992 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Vampire Hunter D
"...through an Andalousian eyeball. Ouch. Next to the stunning Akira, VHD is, by far, one of the best of..."

June 26, 1992 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fist of the North Star
"...the story fairly easy to follow (unlike last year's Akira), but it's still little more than a Saturday morning..."

Jan. 24, 1992 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Madadayo
"...Directed by: Akira Kurosawa. Starring: Akira Terao, Masayuki Yui, George Tokoro, Hisashi..."

Dec. 7, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

SXSW Film
Daily reviews and interviews
"...adaptation of Koji Matsumoto's manga of the same title, Akira's (Ishiguro) older brother, Atsushi (Watanabe), disappears. After two years,..."

March 19, 2010 Screens Feature by Ashley Moreno

Drunken Angel
"...Directed by: Akira Kurosawa. Starring: Michiyo Kogure, Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura...."

July 12, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Wes Anderson Brings Isle of Dogs to SXSW
Plus Midnighters bring the gore, and Alita party
"...Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson,..."

Feb. 7, 2018 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Metropolis
"...of truly astonishing animation that gives even the legendary Akira a run for its money (indeed a handful of..."

Feb. 15, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Postwar Kurosawa
Five underappreciated films from the Japanese master
"...Misleading in that all but four titles of Akira Kurosawa's dynastic oeuvre followed World War II, Postwar Kurosawa..."

Feb. 8, 2008 Screens Review by Raoul Hernandez

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