Dir. Akira Kurosawa (1943). Kurosawa's debut film already demonstrates an astonishing mastery of the medium. It takes place in 1882 and concerns the spiritual education of a judo champ who learns that discipline is more important than prowess. The climactic duel, set against a windswept field, is directed with great flair.
Mon., Jan. 18, 1, 4:15 & 7:30 p.m., 2010