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Tue
20
May
2014
 

Now digitally restored, Director Yasujiro Ozu's exquisite final film tells the story of an elderly widower and his daughter as they face the prospect of her marrying and moving out of the family home. Ozu captures beautifully their mixed emotions of joy and loss in this perfectly understated, playful and poignant domestic drama. The Director's characteristically subtle powers of observation, Yuharu Atsuta's ravishing camerawork and superb performances from Chishu Ryu and Shima Iwashita make this film a fitting conclusion to Ozu's 35 year career as a writer/ director. Dealing with the inevitable changes of life that affect us all, Ozu's vision remains as truthful, relevant and inspiring as ever.

While An Autumn Afternoon is in so many ways wholly typical of Ozu, it's also a very distinct variation, following beautifully from its predecessors. Ozu makes us feel deeply about his characters, but he does so by being honest rather than manipulating us. Hence his famous restraint: like the stories themselves, the performances avoid histrionics and melodrama. If we are enormously moved at the end of his films, it is not because anyone has pushed the right buttons but because we have seen something that strikes us as truthful.

Sun
25
Feb
2018
 

In a magnificent performance, Tatsuya Nakadai stars as Hanshiro Tsugumo, a down and out samurai who enters the home of a feudal lord requesting to commit honourable ritual suicide on his property. Suspected of simply fishing for charity, Hanshiro is told, in gruesome detail, the story of the last samurai who made the same request – but Hanshiro is resolute and will not be moved from his original request………..Hanshiro’s story is then told in a series of flashbacks which link him to the previous samurai. Inverness Film Fans are proud to bring director Masakai Kobayashi’s measured, brutal yet artistic masterpiece - acknowledged by many as the greatest Japanese film of the 1960’s - to the big screen at Eden Court.

Sun
25
Feb
2018
 

A monumental hospital-for-the poor based melodrama set in 19th century Japan, directed by legendary director Akira Kurosawa. An ageing doctor (nicknamed Red Beard, played by Toshiro Mifune) gradually instils into his young and ambitious new intern the rewards of working in the poorer sections of the community. The film bowls along magnificently in a strange yet compelling mixture of genuine emotion, absurdity and poetic fantasy and clearly shows Kurosawa’s humanitarian tendencies, without wallowing in sentimentality. The period recreation of 19th century Japan is matchless and Mifune's retrained yet towering central performance impresses. Although a huge success in Japan, and after a run of 16 straight films, this would prove to be the last time the legendary pairing of Kurosawa and Mifune would work together – the film took two years to shoot,  Mifune had to keep his (real!) beard for that two years, thus having to turn down many other lucrative roles, leading to their permanent estrangement.   

Wed
21
May
2014
 

One of the most influential films ever made, Kurosawa's thrilling epic adventure features stunning action sequences, memorable characters and an engrossing story of heroism and humanity. The tale of a poor village under attack by bandits and the seven Samurai employed to defend them has inspired countless Westerns, War, Heist and Caper films with its brilliant combination of action, social drama, comedy and adventure. The visual and emotional power of Kurosawa's masterpiece has made it a firm favourite of successive generations of filmgoers, film makers and critics. Don't miss the opportunity to see and discover this timeless classic on the big screen!

Made in 1954, this is perhaps Kurosawa's most famous film. It was a blockbuster in every sense, being the most expensive Japanese film ever made (after Kurosawa insisted on shooting everything on location) and running to almost four hours in length. It's a period film (or jidaigeki) conceived on an epic scale, pitting Takashi Shimura's wise, zen-like leader against the wildcat intensity of Toshiro Mifune's son-of-a-farmer samurai. Along with five other swords-for-hire (of mixed ability), they are employed by farmers to protect their village from raiding bandits. What follows is pure cinematic dynamite. 

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-seven-samurai-1954

Thu
22
May
2014
 

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Tokyo Sonata is a beautifully realised portrait of an ordinary Japanese family in a changing society; the father who loses his job and conceals it from his family, the eldest son who wants to join the US military, the youngest son spending his lunch money on forbidden piano lessons to pursue a dream of becoming a concert pianist and the mother trying to hold the family together. Kurosawa's skillful direction and flawless performances deliver a surprising, insightful and universal story of modern family life, told with humour and compassion.