Akira Kurosawa
Shambhala, Boston, 1986, English
Nonfiction, Film and Theater
ISBN: 9780877733874

Translation by Tadashi Shishido of original screenplay and storyboards for Kurosawa’s film adaptation of King Lear, which he sets in 16th-century Japan and which won an Academy Award.

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Craig Hodgetts

The emotional impact of these sketches is simply overwhelming as Kurosawa conceives the narrative structure and settings for the film. They underscore, for me, just how futile the typical architect’s rendering is to convey the true meaning of the way in which real life intersects with the architect's idealized images. The lesson, for me, lies in the fact that, ultimately, “life bats last.”

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