Film Screening CINEDOOM AKIRA KUROSAWA'S "YOJIMBO" ON 35MM Introduced by Tulsa Artist Fellow Blackhorse Lowe Co-presented by Circle Cinema & Tulsa Artist Fellowship
Thursday, August 31, 2023 | 7:30 pm Circle Cinema | 10 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104
YOJIMBO (1961, 110m, B&W, Japan) Directed and Edited by Akira Kurosawa. Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa and Ryûzô Kikushima. Cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa. Music by Masaru Satō. Starring Toshirô Mifune, Eijirō Tōno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa and Isuzu Yamada.
Set in the waning days of the samurai during the 1860s, Akira Kurosawa's visually stunning and darkly comic film serves as his response to a post-war Japanese society, where the rising influences of consumerism and modernity threaten the nation's spirit and culture. The movie stars Toshirō Mifune as Sanjūrō, a wandering ronin-for-hire who stumbles into a divided town controlled by rival criminal gangs. Upon realizing that neither gang is worthy of his allegiance, the cunning mercenary skillfully manipulates both sides in a strategic game of violence. However, as suspicion grows, his orchestrated plan brinks on collapse, leaving him entangled in a precarious web of danger. Kurosawa's adaptation of "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett is a cinematic expressive marvel, and the film's influence can be seen in subsequent works, including Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars" starring Clint Eastwood. "Yojimbo" remains a pivotal and entertaining masterpiece of global cinema.
CineDOOM is a celebration of the theatrical experience at its best, showcasing masterpieces that embody both grit and perfection. It brings together cinematic classic masterpieces from revered directors like Akira Kurosawa and David Lynch, alongside cutting-edge Indigenous films that push the boundaries of contemporary storytelling. This diverse array of cinematic experiences invites viewers to explore new horizons in storytelling. CineDOOM is curated by Tulsa Artist Fellowship awardee, Blackhorse Lowe.