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    Mifune (L, caked in age make up), cinematographer Asakazu Nakai, and Kurosawa on set for “生きものの記録” (1955), alternately translated as “Record of a Living Being” and “I Live in Fear.” 
The film was the final collaboratin between Kurosawa and composer Fumio Hayasaka, who died of tuburculosis during filming. The two worked together beginning with “Druken Angel” (1948).
Masaru Sato, Hayasaka’s protegee, would finish the score for the film and work with Kurosawa on numerous subsequent projects. Sato’s iconic themes for “Yojimbo” and “Sanjuro” are among the most well known music from Kurosawa’s films. 

    Mifune (L, caked in age make up), cinematographer Asakazu Nakai, and Kurosawa on set for “生きものの記録” (1955), alternately translated as “Record of a Living Being” and “I Live in Fear.” 

    The film was the final collaboratin between Kurosawa and composer Fumio Hayasaka, who died of tuburculosis during filming. The two worked together beginning with “Druken Angel” (1948).

    Masaru Sato, Hayasaka’s protegee, would finish the score for the film and work with Kurosawa on numerous subsequent projects. Sato’s iconic themes for “Yojimbo” and “Sanjuro” are among the most well known music from Kurosawa’s films. 

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    Crew and kids on set for “One Wonderful Sunday” (1947). Cinematographer Asakazu Nakai, who worked on the majority of Kurosawa’s classic films, sits behidn the camera. Kurosawa (L) wears a fedora and is flanked by kids. 
A lot of the film was shot on the streets of Tokyo, which was against SCAP regulations at the time, so the crew hid the camera in wooden boxes with holes cut to fit lenses. 

    Crew and kids on set for “One Wonderful Sunday” (1947). Cinematographer Asakazu Nakai, who worked on the majority of Kurosawa’s classic films, sits behidn the camera. Kurosawa (L) wears a fedora and is flanked by kids. 

    A lot of the film was shot on the streets of Tokyo, which was against SCAP regulations at the time, so the crew hid the camera in wooden boxes with holes cut to fit lenses. 

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    Kurosawa (center, white hat, pointing at camera) and crew on set for “Seven Samurai” (1954)

    Kurosawa (center, white hat, pointing at camera) and crew on set for “Seven Samurai” (1954)

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    Tatsuya Nakadai (L) with Kurosawa on set for “Kagemusha” (1980). “Kagemusha” began photography with Shintaro Katsu, the original Zatoichi, cast as the protagonist. 
Katsu and Kurosawa couldn’t stand one another, so Katsu left the project with no star and production already underway. Longtime Kurosawa collaborator and friend Tatsuya Nakadai stepped into the roll and saved the picture. 

    Tatsuya Nakadai (L) with Kurosawa on set for “Kagemusha” (1980). “Kagemusha” began photography with Shintaro Katsu, the original Zatoichi, cast as the protagonist. 

    Katsu and Kurosawa couldn’t stand one another, so Katsu left the project with no star and production already underway. Longtime Kurosawa collaborator and friend Tatsuya Nakadai stepped into the roll and saved the picture. 

    — 2 months ago with 39 notes
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    Filming “Sanjuro” (1962). Check out Mifune over on the left, cool as a cucumber while everyone else is blurred by motion. The photo was taken by Rene Burri, famous for, among other things, this iconic shot of Che Guevara. 

    Filming “Sanjuro” (1962). Check out Mifune over on the left, cool as a cucumber while everyone else is blurred by motion. The photo was taken by Rene Burri, famous for, among other things, this iconic shot of Che Guevara. 

    — 2 months ago with 154 notes
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    Heads up New Yorkers: all of Mizoguchi’s surviving films - 50 of them no longer exist - are showing in Queens over the next month. Read more. 

    Heads up New Yorkers: all of Mizoguchi’s surviving films - 50 of them no longer exist - are showing in Queens over the next month. Read more. 

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    "Drunken Angel" was released 66 years ago today. Check out a podcast and essay on the film at our website. 

    "Drunken Angel" was released 66 years ago today. Check out a podcast and essay on the film at our website. 

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