Kurosawa: la Voie A documentary by Catherine Cadou. 52 mins. Produced in 2011 by Film in Evolution (for French cable TV Cine + Classic) The world famous Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (1910-1988) has been the object of many books and documentaries (mainly for TV), but this latest one, Kurosawa la Voie (Kurosawa's Way), produced by Michiko Yoshitake and directed by Catherine Cadou, is a bit different. Catherine Cadou is well known in the film world for being a top French translator in Japanese, for numerous interviews and also subtitles for dozens of classic and contemporary Japanese movies, especially those by A.K. As a homage to the director to whom she had become a kind of kagemusha (shadow) interpreter, and a close friend (the film could have been titled My Kurosawa), Cadou interviewed eleven famous directors who in a way or another have felt the importance and influence of Kurosawa, even though one wouldn't think so for some of them (Abbas Kiarostami, or Theo Angelopoulos, for instance). Most of those interviewed are renowned directors in their maturity, like Bernado Bertolucci, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Kiarostami, Angelopoulos, John Woo, and Hayao Miyazaki, who had the chance of discovering Kurosawa’s films during their youth, marvelling at the great technique and humanity of the Sensei (Master). But some of the younger generation, like Shinya Tsukamoto and Korean director Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Mother), or American female director Julie Taymor, also give a fresh insight on Kurosawa. Each one has a different approach, of course, but on the whole it reveals the strong impact of Kurosawa's films on their hearts and minds. And the clever editing enlightens their words through accurately selected excerpts of the main films, in particular Sanshiro Sugata, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood and High and Low. Kurosawa: la Voie was shown at the Cannes Classics section in 2011, and should be exhibited in other festivals before its airing on French cable TV Cine + Classic in September 2011. A real must for the many fans of the Sensei.
by Max Tessier