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Akira Kurosawa Wrap-Up

Akira Kurosawa podcast review

Is this the fastest Five they’ve done so far? It felt like it. Austin and Eric spend this episode looking back at the five films we covered of Akira Kurosawa and the incredible films that we didn’t. We realize how much has changed for us since we started and they announce their next Five…

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Episode #15 — Ran

Ran podcast review

Austin and Eric are here to discuss the final film in their Akira Kurosawa Five, Ran. This is the epic retelling of William Shakespeare’s King Lear set as a samurai war film. When a warlord divides his land among his three sons, chaos spreads as betrayal and regret lead to bloodshed. What does a Kurosawa film look like after decades after High and Low and how has he changed as a filmmaker at the end of his career. Find out!

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Episode #14 — High and Low

High and Low podcast review

Austin and Eric return to figure out exactly who kidnapped this child. They look into the film High and Low. Akira Kurosawa adapted this from an American crime novel called King’s Ransom by Ed McBain. They delve into the intricate details of how they solve the case as well as examining the complexity of the villain. Also Toshiro Mifune doesn’t scream this movie!

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Episode #13 — Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai podcast review

Austin and Eric are joined by Pedro Aubry from The Immortals podcast to discuss–POSSIBLY–one of the greatest films of all time. This is the heroic tale of seven samurai who are willing to risk their lives to save a small village from being robbed by bandits. This is a story that was remade so many times, but how do those compare to the Kurosawa original?

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Episode #12 — Ikiru

Ikiru podcast review

Austin and Eric are back to think about what it means to live. This week they’re looking at another one of Akira Kurosawa’s beloved films, Ikiru, which is about a sad pencil-pusher who discovers he only has a few months left to live. The guys talk about why this film is so different for Kurosawa and how emotional this movie is to everyone who watches it.

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Episode #11 — Rashomon

Rashomon podcast review

Austin and Eric are back and ready to discuss their new cinema legend. This time they’re exploring foreign cinema with the great Japanese director: Akira Kurosawa. Their first movie is all about figuring out what is the truth. A horrible crime happened in feudal Japan and four different people have four very different accounts about what happened. The guys look at what this means about perspective and cinema.

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Episode #10 — The Apartment

The Apartment podcast review

Austin and Eric are at the final film of Billy Wilder and it seems like it’s all gone by too fast. It’s best to end on a good note as The Apartment is one of the hosts’ favorite Wilder film. It’s the tragic and comedic tale of one man who keeps lending out his apartment so his bosses can have affairs. The guys discuss how well Wilder was able to capture the richness of these characters and the sad world they live in.

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Episode #9 — Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot podcast review

Austin and Eric are back on Billy Wilder’s light side with the beloved comedy Some Like It Hot. They’re joined by the great writer Andrew Rostan as they look into the very silly tale of two men pretending to be women because they accidentally witnessed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. It’s remarkable how progressive the film is and how wall-to-wall funny it is.

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Episode #8 — Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole podcast review

Austin and Eric disagree for the first time on the show for Billy Wilder’s most cynical film. It’s the story of a corrupt journalist who lands in New Mexico where he blows up a small rescue story into a media circus. Is this movie a warning for today’s times or is it just unredeemable behavior on display? Regardless, it’s important to talk about when looking at Billy Wilder’s canon.

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Episode #7 — Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd podcast review

Austin and Eric get lost driving down the deserted Sunset Blvd but luckily they have time to talk about another Billy Wilder classic. Here they discuss one of his most beloved films and, unlike last week, one he actually directed. They also talk about how they each discovered Wilder, the isolation created in this world and they debate the other-worldly feel of the ending.

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