These three screenplays are based on Kurosawa's shooting scripts.
Ikiru (1952) tells the painful and intimate story of a Japanese civil servant coming to terms with old age and death. In Seven Samurai (1954) the inhabitants of a small Janpanese village employ a roaming band of samurai to defend them. In Throne of Blood (1957), based on Macbeth, a samurai is encouraged by his wife to kill his lord.
This edition also includes a critical introduction to each screenplay.
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Writer/director Akira Kurosawa is considered one of history's greatest filmmakers. His films have profoundly affected the style and content of international cinema; in America, for example, his indelible influence can be found in everything from classic Westerns to Star Wars. When he died in 1998, he had written 62 films (and had directed 32 of these).
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