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Early Kurosawa (BFI) in March

The BFI have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Early Kurosawa on 28th Mach 2011. This box set includes six films (on UK DVD for the first time) from legendary auteur Akira Kurosawa made at the start of his career. Spread across four DVDs, the films have been transferred to High Definition from the best available film elements and are packaged with a fully illustrated booklet featuring essays by Philip Kemp.

Disc One
Sanshuro Sugata (Sugata Sanshiro), 1943, 79 mins Kurosawa's assured debut about a young man's spiritual journey through the study and practice of judo.

Sanshuro Sugata Part Two (Zoku Sugata Sanshiro), 1945, 83 mins This sequel reunites most of the principal cast from the original and follows Sanshiro face a new set of enemies whilst continuing his quest to become a judo master.

Disc Two
The Most Beautiful (Ichiban utsukushiku), 1944, 85 mins An artful propaganda film that anticipates the social realism of Kurosawa's post-war films, The Most Beautiful provides a fascinating portrait of female volunteer workers in an optics factory manufacturing lenses for binoculars and gunsights.

They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Tora no o o fumu otokotachi), 1945, 58 mins Adapted from Noh and Kabuki theatre, this classic tale of deception sees a lord and his bodyguard disguise themselves as monks to bypass an enemy roadblock.

Disc Three
No Regrets For Our Youth (Waga seishun ni kuinashi), 1946, 110 mins Kurosawa's first post-war film stars Ozu regular Setsuko Hara as Yukie, a privileged daughter of a professor who takes a soul-searching journey through rural Japan and comes to question her values.

Disc Four
One Wonderful Sunday (Subarashiki nichiyobi), 1947, 108 mins A bitter-sweet story of young love set in the devastation of post-war Tokyo reminiscent of Frank Capra's social realist comedies.

The films are presented in their original 1.33:1 aspect ratio with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

RRP is £39.99.

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