by Peter Tasker
Published by Zen Foto Gallery
In a recent BBC poll of 208 film critics from over 40 different countries, two of the four top-ranking films were directed by Akira Kurosawa. Why are Kurosawa’s films so highly-rated in countries as diverse as China, Belgium and Mexico? In this talk, Peter Tasker will explore Kurosawa’s legacy, read from his new book On Kurosawa: A Tribute to the Master Director and highlight Kurosawa’s oeuvre in words and images.
As Peter reflects, “In today’s world of fake news and competing historical narratives, Rashomon, with its multiple perspectives on the same bloody event, is more relevant than ever. Likewise, the kind of epic struggle depicted in Seven Samurai dates back eons in both Eastern and Western cultures. The film will continue to thrill as long as against-the-odds battles remain to be fought, which is to say as long as human nature remains as it is.”
Copies of the book will be on sale for £30 (cash only).
About the contributors
Peter Tasker is a Tokyo-based author and financier whose engagement with Japan dates back to the late 1970s. He has published several books in English and Japanese, both fiction and non-fiction, and has translated the work of Japanese underground icon Shuji Terayama. He has also written numerous articles for the Japanese and Western media, appeared in a Japanese TV commercial and served as a non-executive director of a listed Japanese retailer. You can find his blog at petertasker.asia.
His latest book On Kurosawa: A Tribute to the Master Director is a lavishly illustrated exploration of the great film director’s life and work. Through a series of essays, vignettes and fictional excursions, Peter covers all thirty of the films directed by Kurosawa, several more that he scripted and many key moments in his personal history.