A doctor finds out that a young gangster is having tuberculosis. The core of this brilliant early Kurosawa film is the stormy relationship between the two, which alongside the reality of illness challenges them both to re-evaluate their way of life.
A young doctor is infected with syphilis during an operation. This leads him to new challenges and inner battles in relation to himself, his profession, and his beloved that he was about to marry, all of these portrayed very well.
This is the second early Kurosawa film with illness as a big theme. Third one is Ikiru (1952), the only Kurosawa film without Mifune during 1948-1965.
This film is one of my biggest personal favorites in three fields: in Kurosawa's great filmography, as a pioneer of older cop - younger cop buddy films, and as a crime film (or as film noir, if the genre is understood in a wider meaning than just american films).
Kurosawa's breakthrough film is a brilliant presentation about one series of events told from several different points of view. Thought-provoking but highly rewarding film, one of Kurosawa's absolute greats.
Adaptation of the Dostoyevsky's classic novel. Has a very strong and emotionally touching atmosphere. Originally meant and filmed as two-parts and 265 minutes but released as 166 minute version. Unfortunately the longer version is not available.
This samurai epic is the most famous Kurosawa film and widely regarded not only as his best work but one of the all-time greats as well. Very influential and remade several times, for example by John Sturges as western "The Magnificent Seven" in 1960.
Fear of nuclear war drives the head of the family to such anguish and extreme precautions that his family claim him to be insane. The central question of the film is brilliant: who is insane and who is sane, the one that takes (real) fear seriously and takes extreme actions according to it, or the ones who actually share the same fear, but keep on living ignoring it?
One of the better known Kurosawa films portrays Mifune as an opportunistic badass samurai mercenary. Also very influential and remade for example by Sergio Leone as western "Fistful of Dollars" in 1964.
The swan song of Kurosawa-Mifune era is a monumental and deep humanistic study with a young doctor - old doctor setting.
Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune might be the greatest director-actor duo in the history of films. In a very productive era between 1948 and 1965 they made 16 films together. During that time Kurosawa made only one film without Mifune, Ikiru (1952).
Here are the films that Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune made together, in chronological order and with a short comment on each.