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At When Falls the Coliseum, David Alfreds makes the case that Akira Kurosawa is the greatest film director of all time. I won't argue. Although I have been remiss in not seeing most of Kurosawa's non-Samurai films. I've always wanted to see Ikiru and High and Low. One of these days I'll get to them.

In January, when the TV crew from Japan was filming in my study for their documentary on Edgar Allan Poe, they gave me several gifts, including a few Kurosawa items: a book of his beautiful storyboard paintings (he was a painter before a moviemaker), a decorated fan with one of Kurosawa's painted images on it and a box of Seven Samurai collectible figures that includes all the samurais from the movie plus a little Kurosawa directing the action and a camera crew.  Each of the boxes has a piece of candy in it, too, but they told me not to eat it as it was expired.  Here they are:

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Reader Comments (3)

You'll love High and Low. Slightly strange that it took Kurosawa to finally nail a McBain book, though.
April 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRay
HIGH AND LOW is excellent in its first half - actually it's one of the most thrilling thrillers of all time. But then it falls flat for some reason and doesn't seem necessary to sit through.
April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuri Nummelin
Well, I've put High and Low into the number one spot in my Netflix queue, but it says "Long Wait," so it may be some time until I can see it.
April 27, 2009 | Registered CommenterEd Pettit

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