“Mifune x Kurosawa” Film Festival Playing at VIZ Cinema in Japantown Through January 6th 2011

VIZ Cinema in the New People Building on Post is playing host to an Akira Kurosawa / Toshiro Mifune film fest these days.

All the deets here and after the jump:

“Seven Films Playing Thru January 6th At The Bay Area Theatre Showcase Iconic Director Akira Kurosawa And Actor Toshiro Mifune

San Francisco, CA, December 20, 2010 – VIZ Cinema, the nation’s only movie theatre dedicated to Japanese film, concludes 2010 with Mifune x Kurosawa, a special new festival celebrating the work of iconic director Akira Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune beginning Saturday, December 18th and running until Thursday, January 6th.

Escape holiday doldrums with seven films including Red BeardThe IdiotThe Lower DepthsHigh And LowStray DogDrunken Angel, and the classic action masterpiece, Seven Samurai, which will be presented with a New Year’s reception party on January 2nd. Tickets to all screenings are $10.00 each; screening times and more details are available at:www.vizcinema.com.

Mifune x Kurosawa : A Beautiful Man

Toshiro Mifune graced Japanese cinema with his good looks, fierceness, and charisma. VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa’s films featuring Mifune at his finest moments.

VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa's films featuring Mifune at his finest moments in his career! Saturday, 12/18 - Thursday, 12/30

Photo courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd.
Red Beard
(1965, 185 minutes, 35mm, English Subtitles)
12/18 (Sat) @ 2:45pm

12/20 (Mon) @ 7:15pm
12/21 (Tue) @ 3:00pm
12/23 (Thu) @ 7:15pm
12/26 (Sun) @ 1:45pm

Red Beard (Akahige) chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity.


Tickets $10


Six more, after the jump
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VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa's films featuring Mifune at his finest moments in his career! Saturday, 12/18 - Thursday, 12/30
Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co. Ltd.
The Idiot
(1951, 166 minutes, 35mm, English Subtitles)12/18 (Sat) @ 7:15pm

12/19 (Sun) @ 6:00pm
12/20 (Mon) @ 3:00pm
12/22 (Wed) @ 7:15pm
12/23 (Thu) @ 3:00pm

The Idiot, an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s nineteenth-century masterpiece about a wayward, pure soul’s reintegration into society—updated by Kurosawa to capture Japan’s postwar aimlessness—was a victim of studio interference and, finally, public indifference.


Tickets $10

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VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa's films featuring Mifune at his finest moments in his career! Saturday, 12/18 - Thursday, 12/30
Photo courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd.
The Lower Depths
(1957, 125 minutes, 35mm, English Subtitles)12/19 (Sun) @ 2:45pm

12/21 (Tue) @ 7:15pm
12/22 (Wed) @ 4:00pm
12/26 (Sun) @ 6:00pm
12/27 (Mon) @ 4:00pm

Mifune and Kurosawa transform Maxim Gorky’s classic proletariat play The Lower Depths in their own way firmly situated in the postwar world. Remaining faithful to the original with its focus on the conflict between illusion and reality, their film making styles converge to create unique masterpieces.


Tickets $10

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VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa's films featuring Mifune at his finest moments in his career! Saturday, 12/18 - Thursday, 12/30
Photo courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd.
High and Low
(1963, 143min, 35mm, English Subtitles)12/27 (Mon) @ 7:15pm

12/28 (Tue) @ 3:30pm
12/30 (Thu) @ 7:15pm
1/3 (Mon) @ 3:30pm
1/6 (Thu) @ 3:30pm

Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa’s highly influential High and Low, a compelling race-against-time thriller and a penetrating portrait of contemporary Japanese society.


Tickets $10

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VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa's films featuring Mifune at his finest moments in his career! Saturday, 12/18 - Thursday, 12/30
Photo courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd.
Stray Dog
(1949, 122min, 35mm, English Subtitles)12/28 (Tue) @ 7:15pm

12/29 (Wed) @ 4:00pm
1/4 (Tue) @ 7:15pm
1/5 (Wed) @ 4:00pm
1/6 (Thu) @ 7:15pm

When a pickpocket steals a rookie detective’s gun on a hot crowded bus, the cop goes undercover in a desperate attempt to right the wrong. Kurosawa’s thrilling noir probes the squalid world of postwar Japan and the nature of the criminal mind.


Tickets $10

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VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa's films featuring Mifune at his finest moments in his career! Saturday, 12/18 - Thursday, 12/30
Photo courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd.
Drunken Angel
(1948, 98min, 35mm, English Subtitles)12/29 (Wed) @ 7:15pm

12/30 (Thu) @ 4:30pm
1/3 (Mon) @ 7:15pm
1/4 (Tue) @ 4:30pm
1/5 (Wed) @ 7:15pm

In this powerful early noir from the great Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune bursts onto the screen as a volatile, tubercular criminal who strikes up an unlikely relationship with Takashi Shimura’s jaded physician.


Tickets $10

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VIZ Cinema brings you Akira Kurosawa's films featuring Mifune at his finest moments in his career! Saturday, 12/18 - Thursday, 12/30
Photo courtesy of Toho Co. Ltd.
Seven Samurai
(1954, 207 minutes, 35mm, English Language)NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL SCREENING with RECEPTION!

1/2 (Sun) @ 1:30pm

Kick-off 2011 with one of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai ! This three-hour ride featuring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire eponymous warriors to protect them from the invading bandits.

Tickets $10

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