Episode 148: Akira Kurosawa Part 2

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The Director's Club pays a return journey to the world of Akira Kurosawa!  Focusing this time on the second half of his career, we take a look at his biggest box office success, his iconic lone samurai warrior Sanjuro, the multiple great performances he got from Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai, and his influences on a galaxy far far away. We'll check out the ways his later films astound on multiple levels, how he fell out of favor in the movie business and what led to one of the greatest late-career resurgences in movie history!

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(2:03) "The Hidden Fortress" ("Fortress", Pinback)
(15:18) "The Bad Sleep Well" ("Money & Corruption", The Kinks)
(27:36) "Yojimbo" (Theme from "A Fistful of Dollars")
(39:26) "Sanjuro" ("I Am The Sword", Motorhead)
(50:34) "High and Low" ("Going Underground", The Jam)
(1:15:56) "Red Beard" / The "Tora! Tora! Tora!" debacle ("Doctor My Eyes", Jackson Browne)
(1:38:26) "Dersu Usala" ("Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains", Arcade Fire)
(1:52:17) "Kagemusha" ("Me And My Shadow", Johnny Marvin)
(2:15:35) "Ran" (Soundtrack from "Ran")ru Takemitsu)
(2:47:09) "Dreams" ("Street of Dreams", Rainbow)

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