Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 1: Sun Jan 1

The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (Kurosawa, 1945): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 4.20pm

This 35mm presentation, also screening on January 11th, is part of the Akira Kurosawa season. You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Akira Kurosawa’s slimmest feature, running only an hour, is also one of the best of his early period. Made in 1945 but not released until 1953, it’s about a celebrated Japanese general fleeing another general who happens to be his brother. Based on Kanjincho, a Kabuki drama that’s said to be as well-known in the East as Robin Hood is in the West, this film is pitched as a parody of Kabuki, meant to undermine the feudal values of the original.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is an extract.

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