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The three latest additions to the British Film lnstitute’s Akira Kurosawa collection ably display the Japanese master's brilliant diversity. Ikiru (O... ), probably the weakest of the three, is the tale of a clerk (the splendid Takashi Shimura) who is diagnosed with stomach cancer and spends his final months trying to live a full and meaningful life. A Japanese reflection upon the Capraesque sentimentality that strangulated the English language films of the post-war depression, Ikiru's profound and touching opening 90 minutes are marred by the film’s final third: a prolonged attack on the Japanese political system.

Made a decade on. Sanjuro (COO. ) is a prequel to Yojimbo, once again featuring Toshiro Mifune's unnamed Ronin warrior. Although its tone isn’t as dark as that of Yojimbo. Kurosawa plays out a perfectly pitched comedy of manners between the gruff, uncouth Mifune and the polite Samurais and women he is protecting.

Presented here on DVD and video for the first time ever, Red Beard (0....) reunites Kurosawa and Mifune in a more serious mode. Three hours long and two years in the making, it revisits the director’s ‘master and apprentice’ theme, and is Kurosawa’s forgotten masterpiece. Unusually, it is Mifune who plays the master. Here he’s the eponymous Red Beard, a doctor who teaches his immature young charge Yasumoto (Yuzo Kayama) about the rewards that selfless service can bring. Despite being such a long film, it is neither an epic nor a saga. just a piece of simple storytelling that finds a magic from the start, and just keeps on going. Extras for all three DVDs include filmed introductions with director Alex Cox. (Nick Dawson)

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Shot in Canada's fro/en north, /ar.harias Kunula's Atari.'ir/t/af is unbelievably the first film to ever be entirely shot in the Inuit language. Alanariuat is a nice young man who likes to do a bit of hunting and socialising with the men of his community. lhon he falls in love Willi the wrong girl the one the local bully has his eyes on. What is unleashed is a fugitive thriller With Atanarruat outrunning his nasty predators. Based on ancient myth. this is pure narrative driven joy. It does. however. need to be seen on the big screen. Whaler/(fer may have made more money but this baby is the classic of its genre.

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