A true pioneer of cinema, Akira Kurosawa’s influence is behind some of the biggest Hollywood films ever made.
It’s largely unknown by the average cinemagoer how deep his influence goes, but the legacy of his oeuvre ensures that he is celebrated the world over for his craft by lovers of film. Kurosawa’s legacy and his craft for creating rich stories lives on through the decades.
Mon 1 May, 14:00
Arguably Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, Seven Samurai is an epic tale of honour and duty during a time when the old traditional order is breaking down.
Starts Fri 5 May
Kurosawa’s masterful murder mystery is not just a breathtaking cinematic experience but also one of the most influential films ever made.
Sun 14 May, 15:10
The Hidden Fortress is a thrilling mix of fairy story and samurai action movie, a story of rival clans, hidden gold and a princess in distress.
Tue 16 May, 18:20
Akira Kurosawa’s classic samurai film is as effortlessly engaging as it is widely influential, presenting Kurosawa at the peak of his powers and laying the groundwork for the modern American western.
Sat 20 May, 16:30
Join us for a special illustrated talk about Akira Kurosawa with Tony Rayns, a London-based filmmaker, critic and festival programmer with a special interest in East Asian cinemas.
Find out more about this true pioneer of cinema in this piece written especially for Tyneside Cinema's The Luminaries programme by Tony Rayns, a London-based filmmaker, critic and festival programmer with a special interest in East Asian cinemas.
Sat 20 May, 17:50
Based on crime writer Ed McBain's detective novel King's Ransom, High and Low is a gripping police thriller starring Kurosawa regular Toshiro Mifune.
Tue 23 May, 20:00
Kurosawa's lauded feudal epic presents the tale of a petty thief who is recruited to impersonate an aging warlord for whom he is an exact double.