Akira Kurosawa Film Series

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, "Rashomon" is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice.

Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

Join us before the screening for an interview with Theatre of Yugen's founder, Yuriko Doi, on her experience directing Rashomon at TheatreWorks. It is a conversation not to be missed!

Doors at 6pm.


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yojimbo (1961) - 4/21/18

A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Prior to the film, our Artistic Director Nick Ishimaru presented a lecture on the conflict of giri and ninjo, "duty" and "human feelings," that form a central theme in Edo-period drama.

ran (1985) - 2/17/18

At the age of seventy, after years of consolidating his empire, the Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons. Taro (Akira Terao), the eldest, will rule. Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu), his second son, and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu) will take command of the Second and Third Castles but are expected to obey and support their elder brother. Saburo defies the pledge of obedience and is banished.

Throne of blood (1957) - 10/28/17

Returning to their lord's castle, samurai warriors Washizu (Toshirô Mifune) and Miki (Minoru Chiaki) are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit's prophecy comes true, Washizu's scheming wife, Asaji (Isuzu Yamada), presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit's prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa's resetting of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.