Akira Kurosawa Criterion Films Free to Watch on Hulu Until Sunday

March 22, 2013

Akira Kurosawa

Last month, Hulu made the entire Criterion Collection available for a few days, and now they're giving cinephiles another treat from the esteemed feature film collection. In case you didn't know, legendary director Akira Kurosawa's birthday is on March 23rd, and to celebrate the occasion, Hulu and Criterion have made all 24 of his films in the line-up available to watch for free from now until Sunday at midnight. This includes classics like Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo along with his final film Madadayo. Sounds like the perfect opportunity for people to get acquainted with Kurosawa's filmography.

Here's George Lucas talking about the influence Akira Kurosawa had on him from Hulu:

All of the films total about 44 hours, so you can watch all of them if you're dedicated enough. Here's a list of the other Kurosawa films available for viewing: Drunken Angel, The Bad Sleep Well, The Hidden Fortress (which inspired Star Wars), High and Low, I Live in Fear, The Idiot, Ikiru, The Lower Depths, The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Trail, The Most Beautiful, No Regrets for Our Youth, Our Wonderful Sunday, Red Beard, Sanjuro, Sanshiro Sugata, Sanshira Sugata Part Two, Scandal, Stray Dog, Throne of Blood and Dodes'ka-den. In addition, there are several cool video extras too! So if you've got no plans, it's time to sit down and watch some Akira Kurosawa films!

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Watched all 30 films last summer. My favorites are Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Sanjuro. This is a great opportunity to watch some great movies. If you live in the US, that is...

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 22, 2013


an amazing opportunity! wow..

lando on Mar 22, 2013


I recomend you all fuzz up and buy the 50 film boxset, only a few of his films in this set are..."borring". Hulu free is a nightmare with adds every 8-10mins, and even if you sub, there's adds(but fewer). Don't watch art being interupted by high fructose crap adds.

Franklin G. Torvaldsson on Mar 29, 2013

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