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Beginning Wednesday 14 June, the NFSA will celebrate influential 20th century Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa with Essential Kurosawa: Selected by David Stratton , a two-week season of his greatest works curated by renowned Australian film critic David Stratton.

Stratton will be attending our closing night screening of the 4K restoration of Rashomon on Friday 30 June.

The program is presented in association with The Japan Film Foundation, Sydney Film Festival (SFF) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

When: 14 June – 30 June 2017 (David Stratton to attend closing night on Friday 30 June)
Where: Arc cinema, NFSA (Acton)
Tickets: $14 / $12 / season passes ($75 / $80) also available / online now (
Also screening at the 64th Sydney Film Festival (7-18 June) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne (25 May – 8 June).

‘This retrospective is a selection of the finest films made by one of cinema’s great directors, Akira Kurosawa. A master of action, Kurosawa was influenced by directors like John Ford and in turn influenced a younger generation of filmmakers, like George Lucas and Martin Scorsese.’ – David Stratton
Read David Stratton’s full notes on each film on the NFSA website:

Wednesday 14 June @ 6.45PM
Ran (4k restoration)
1985 / PG
Kurosawa’s last great epic is a re-working of King Lear with sons replacing the original’s daughters. The battle scenes are magnificently staged with impressive use of colour.

Friday 16 June @ 6.30PM
The Throne of Blood
1957 / PG
Macbeth is brilliantly re-invented with elements of Noh theatre incorporated into the drama. A great screen adaptation of Shakespeare, beautiful and ominous.

Friday 16 June @ 8.30PM
1961 / PG
Toshiro Mifune is the fastest sword in the East in an exciting and entertaining film that inspires Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars.

Monday 19 June @ 2PM + Thursday 22 June @ 6.45PM
1980 / PG
At the time, the most expensive Japanese film ever made, this explosive epic unfolds during a period of clan warfare and questions the very nature of power.

Friday 23 June @ 6.45PM
Seven Samurai
1954 / PG
Farmers from a remote village, who are regularly attacked and robbed by bandits, seek help from seven warriers in this celebrated action epic.

Monday 26 June @ 2PM + Friday 30 June @ 7PM (closing night with special guest David Stratton)
Rashomon (4k restoration)
1950 / M
An innovative murder mystery that explores the subjective nature of truth. Toshiro Mifune plays a bandit accused of murdering a samurai and raping his wife – but what actually happened?

Wednesday 28 June @ 6.45PM
High and Low
1963 / PG
An Ed McBain thriller (King’s Ransom) is transformed into an epic moral tale in which a man is faced with a terrible dilemma when his son is kidnapped.

THE INFLUENCE OF SHAKESPEARE double feature (Canberra only)
When: 7 June
Where: Arc cinema, NFSA (Acton)
Tickets: $14 / $12, also included in the Essential Kurosawa season pass ($75 / $80) / online now

Looking for Richard – 6:30PM (Dir. Al Pacino, PG, 1996, 112mins, USA; NFSA 35mm )
Al Pacino’s deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare’s significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis .

Chimes At Midnight – 8:45PM (Dir. Orson Welles, CTC, 1965, 115mins, USA; NFSA 16mm)
Falstaff is at the centre of what is now regarded as Welles’ most fully realised film after Citizen Kane.

Arc Cinema

National Film and Sound Archives, McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT 2601, Australia,

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