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Samuraï on the Screen

3 films by Akira Kurosawa 

September 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2012 / 7:30pm

To accompany the Samurai: Masterworks from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection exhibition that is being presented at the Musée de la civilisation de Québec, audiences are invited to discover three films by the renowned filmmaker Akira Kurosawa that will be shown from September 1st until 3rd in the Roland-Arpin auditorium. This exceptional opportunity to discover these masterpieces of Japanese cinema will surely delight cinephiles, Japanese culture enthusiasts and visitors of the exhibition alike. This programme is presented by the Japanese foundation, the Musée de la civilisation de Québec, the Consulate General of Japan at Montreal and Antitube.

Akira Kurosawa is a Japanese director, producer, screenwriter and editor who was born in Tokyo on March 23rd, 1910 and who died in Tokyo on September 6th 1998. Along with Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi, he is considered to be one of the most famous and influential Japanese filmmakers of all time. In his 57-year-long filmmaking career, he directed no less than thirty films. 

Event program

September 1st, 2012 / 7:30pm
Yojimbo

Yojimbo

Japan, 1961, 110 min, with French subtitles

A wandering samurai stops into a village that is terrorized by two rival clans. By successively joining each side, he precipitates their fall and saves the villagers from their tyranny. According to the critic Jean Douchet: “Under the guise of a Western, Yojimbo has created a Japanese version of the la Série Noire crime fiction series.”

September 2nd, 2012 / 7:30pm
Sanjuro

Sanjuro

Japan, 1962, 96 min, with French subtitles

The ronin samurai Sanjuro Tsubaki takes a young gang of inexperienced warriors under his wing and helps them to uncover a plot against the chamberlain. Before confronting the conspirator’s right-hand man, the dreaded Murto, Sanjuro tricks them and turns out to be an outstanding tactician. 

September 3rd, 2012 / 7:30pm
Le château du Samouraï

Le château du Samouraï

Japan, 1957, 110 min, with French subtitles

The generals Washizu and Miki are crossing a forest after a battle when they meet a spirit. The spirit predicts that Washizu will become the lord of the Château de l’araignée (the Spider Castle), but that Miki’s descendants will succeed him. When Washizu’s wife finds out about this, she manipulates her husband so that the prophecy is fulfilled only to her husband’s advantage. Le Château de l’araignée is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s MacBeth that sets the famous play in medieval Japan. 

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