This massive joint biography of Akira Kurosawa and Torisho Mifune by Stuart Galbraith very much focusses on their films–other than Mifune’s scandals, Kurosawa’s suicide attempt, and both men’s drinking, Galbraith finds little room in his 900-page doorstop to talk about their lives. He quickly falls into a routine of movie synopsis, production, analysis, and reception, rinse, repeat. Which is fine because the films are what’s interesting, even if this means we hear in detail about the (non) making-of Tora! Tora! Tora! and Mifune’s umpteenth time of playing Admiral Yamamoto. Makes me realize how many of Kurosawa’s films I haven’t seen, and that perhaps it’s not a good idea to snub films just because they have silly names like Dodes’ka-den or Derzu Uzala. Interesting insight into the Japanese film industry throughout.

[A decent Kurosawa site we need to add to ours.]