To Cross Fire and Water: Akira Kurosawa and the Cinema of the Higher Man

seven-samuraiEmpty or undeserving praise is often heaped upon filmmakers and their work, but Akira Kurosawa — known mostly in the West for his Rashomon and Seven Samurai — is of that rare breed who deserves of every inch of praise and adulation he has received. “Most directors have one masterpiece by which they are known,” Francis Ford Coppola once remarked, “Kurosawa has at least eight or nine.”

This week, the world of cinema celebrated the 106th birthday of Kurosawa. Here I want to look at Kurosawa’s accomplishments with special attention to our discussion of the Higher Man. Continue reading “To Cross Fire and Water: Akira Kurosawa and the Cinema of the Higher Man”