VIZ Cinema releasing films by Akira Kurosawa this June

Summer heats up as VIZ Cinema celebrates iconic Japanese films in a new Untold Legends film series! Viz proudly presents four Crime Noir films by director Akira Kurosawa.

VIZ Cinema and NEW PEOPLE present a cinematic theme of “Untold Legends” for the month of June by offering
audiences a rare chance to glimpse the lesser known sides of several of Japan’s most iconic filmmakers. Marking the centennial birth of Japan’s most beloved film director – Akira Kurosawa, VIZ Cinema proudly presents four of his acclaimed Crime Noir films. Kurosawa masterfully combines thrilling storytelling with conflicted characters to depict the desperate human conditions and tense drama of post-war Japan in timeless movies like Drunken Angel, High And Low, The Bad Sleep Well and Stray Dog.

Drunken Angel, June 4th – 6th
(1948, 98min, 35mm, English Subtitles)
In this powerful early noir film from the great Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro
Mifune bursts onto the screen as a volatile, tubercular criminal who strikes
up an unlikely relationship with a jaded physician.

High and Low, June 7th – 8th and also June 10th
(1963, 143min, 35mm, English Subtitles)
Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable in his role as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy
industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in
Akira Kurosawa’s impactful film that is a compelling race-against-time
thriller and a penetrating portrait of contemporary Japanese post-war

The Bad Sleep Well, June 8th – 10th
(1960, 151min, 35mm, English Subtitles)
Continuing his legendary collaboration with actor Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa
combines elements of Hamlet and American film noir to chilling effect as a
young executive hunts down his father’s killer.

Stray Dog, June 6th – 7th and also June 9th
(1949, 122min, 35mm, English Subtitles)
When a pickpocket steals a rookie detective’s gun on a hot and crowded bus,
the cop goes undercover in a desperate attempt to right the wrong.
Kurosawa’s thrilling noir film probes the squalid world of postwar Japan and
the nature of the criminal mind.

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