currently showing under "favorite films": some first watches from 2020
I'm astonished at Kurosawa's versatility. While Ikiru didn't grab me quite like my last two watches from the director, Throne of Blood and Stray Dog, they are three completely different films, each incredible representatives of their respective genres. He always seems to know exactly where to put the camera for maximum effect; there are some truly striking tableaus here, my favorites being the dance clubs and music halls Watanabe visits during his nighttime odyssey. His two renditions of "Gondola no Uta" are a highlight.
(8/36 of my 6 x 6 challenge, 2/6 directed by Akira Kurosawa)