Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

It’s Akira Kurosawa Day.

Let us pause for a moment to remember Akira Kurosawa. The great Japanese director, who died in 1998, would have been 100 today. There are endless ways to celebrate him. You could gather up six of your friends and attack …

Tue, Mar 23, 2010, 16:39

   

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Let us pause for a moment to remember Akira Kurosawa. The great Japanese director, who died in 1998, would have been 100 today. There are endless ways to celebrate him. You could gather up six of your friends and attack a neighbouring group of bandits. You could watch one of the less celebrated films such as the magnificent Stray Dog or the intriguing adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot.

Alternately, you could ponder my third-favourite joke ever in The Simpsons. You know the one. Homer and Marge are on their way to Japan (the rest of the episode is fairly awful, alas). The great man is not happy about it, but Marge tries to console him by reminding him how much he enjoyed “that film Rashomon”. Homer scowls and says: “That’s not how I remember it.” Get it? Because the film is about different perspectives and… Oh, suit yourself.