35 episodes

An Akira Kurosawa fanatic teams up with an Akira Kurosawa newbie for a casual, chronological look at all of the Japanese master’s films.

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and more. New episodes every Friday!

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Sanshiro's Boys - Akira Kurosawa Retrospective Timothy Amatulli & Chris Côté

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

An Akira Kurosawa fanatic teams up with an Akira Kurosawa newbie for a casual, chronological look at all of the Japanese master’s films.

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and more. New episodes every Friday!

https://linktr.ee/sanshirosboys

    Ranking Akira Kurosawa's Filmography

    Ranking Akira Kurosawa's Filmography

    After discussing every Akira Kurosawa film in detail on the show, we conclude our retrospective with the herculean task of trying to rank all of his films. Listeners, you’re in luck, because you’re getting two lists for the price of one! We each have our share of basic and hot takes, and hope that you have enjoyed going through this Japanese master’s filmography as much as we have. If we were able to teach you something new, introduce you to a film you otherwise may not have seen, or even just give you a chuckle every once in a while, we want to thank you for listening to Sanshiro’s Boys.

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    Be sure to leave a comment and let us know how you’d rank Akira Kurosawa’s films! If you want to keep up with what we’re watching now that this project is over you can email us at sanshirosboyspodcast@gmail.com or find us on social media

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    Chris’ Twitter - @coolgeese

    • 49 min
    Madadayo (1993)

    Madadayo (1993)

    Akira Kurosawa’s final film Madadayo (Not Yet) recounts the stories of famed Japanese writer Hyakken Uchida and functions as a meta-commentary of the director’s historic career. Sanshiro’s Boys celebrate the 1993 film’s immaculate vibes, Kurosawa’s unproduced next film The Ocean Was Watching, and sadly, his death.

    Be sure to check in with us for our wrap up episode next week where we rank all of Akira Kurosawa’s films!

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    • 27 min
    Rhapsody In August (1991)

    Rhapsody In August (1991)

    This is the one Richard Gere is in! Yes, that Richard Gere. In 1991, Akira Kurosawa returned one last time to a subject matter that has cropped up several times throughout his filmography: nuclear anxiety. Rhapsody In August, a small, intimate family drama, re-examines the scars of a nation still grieving over the atomic bombing of Nagasaki as their world becomes more interconnected to the West. We won’t lie, this is a difficult film to find, but we did manage to get our hands on a copy of it. Listen to Sanshiro’s Boys to figure out if you should too!

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    • 36 min
    Dreams (1990)

    Dreams (1990)

    Despite starting his historic career in the 1940s, Akira Kurosawa was still making movies into the early 90s. He rang in the decade with a unique picture: Dreams, which consists of eight vignettes based on Kurosawa’s actual dreams. It also has one of the most unpredictable cameos of all time. Without much overarching plot to go on, Sanshiro’s Boys delve into the director’s psyche and try to discern if one man’s dream is another man’s nightmare.

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    • 36 min
    Ran (1985)

    Ran (1985)

    Last week we said goodbye to the OG Kurosawa king, Takashi Shimura. This week, we say goodbye to Tatsuya Nakadai, and boy did he go out with a bang. Nakadai headlines Akira Kurosawa’s third, final, and largest Shakespeare adaptation: Ran. This Japanese version of King Lear was created with a historic budget, vibrant colors, and produced some of the director’s most iconic and incredible imagery. Kurosawa’s final foray into epic filmmaking may be his best yet.

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    • 44 min
    Kagemusha (1980)

    Kagemusha (1980)

    After the success of Star Wars, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola teamed up to executive produce Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior), Akira Kurosawa’s triumphant return to large-scale filmmaking that took home the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. Sengoku period Japan comes to life with a historic budget and massive, colorful armies to tell the story of the legendary Takeda clan’s downfall. With domestic and international distribution, this is the rare Kurosawa film with multiple versions, the differences between which we go into detail on.

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    Tim has a particular soft spot for this one and has a published article available on the Asian cinema website Filmed In Ether dissecting Kagemusha’s use of shadows and how they aptly reflect the film’s legacy 40 years later. Read it here: https://www.filmedinether.com/features/kagemusha-40-year-anniversary-kurosawa/

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

calvinnigh ,

At Just The Right Time

I had begun my pursuit of Kurosawa movies with “Ran” in June of 2020, and have gone through nearly all of his movies in the year it’s been since then. It’s been a splendid endeavor, but as any niche pastime goes, I’ve had trouble finding people to share my excitement for these movies with.

What’s crazy to me is that you boys have been reviewing and discussing these movies almost simultaneously with my own Kurosawa-Quest, and I didn’t find you until you were almost done going through the catalogue!

Anyways, you Boys are a lot of fun and I’m glad to just hear anyone talk about watching these movies nowadays.

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