Not overtly political, nationalistic or even controversial, Akira garnered even more acclaim and success worldwide than he ever did in his homeland, and his productions remain as resonant and important as ever. The Magnolia Cinematheque's month-long celebration is primed and ready to begin this Friday, and there's no better way to familiarize yourself with his work...or just fall in love with it all over again. We don't want to hear the "I-don't-like-subtitles" excuse, either. If you can keep up with the information blitzkrieg on CNN or ESPN, you can follow a film spoken in a foreign language. Promise.
From industrialized noir to samurai slashers to meditations on life itself, we're getting three pictures a week four times over, and with the separate addition of Ikiru, Dallas has the most comprehensive festival on the circuit. "They" don't make them like Kurosawa anymore, and consequently, Kurosawa made "them" like no one else. This is an affirmation as much as it is a retrospective, and it's the film event of the year in Dallas.