Nearly Every Kurosawa Movie Is Streaming For Free This Weekend—Here’s Where to Start

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March 22 2013 4:17 PM

Here Are the Kurosawa Movies to Watch For Free This Weekend

Toshiro Mifune in Seven Samurai
Still from Seven Samurai

© Criterion Collection

In honor of what would have been Akira Kurosawa’s 103rd birthday, Hulu and the Criterion Collection are streaming 24 of his films for one weekend only. Just about all the Japanese director’s classics are available to watch for free, plus a few of his films even some of the diehards won’t have seen.

If you’re not sure where to start, we offer a few recommendations below, but of course you can never go wrong with Seven Samurai or Rashomon.

If you have 206 minutes:

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If you want to jump straight to the action (or are a fan of Clint Eastwood):


If you’re a fan of Star Wars:

If you’re a fan of psychological drama and innovative narrative structures:

If you’re a fan of Shakespeare’s Macbeth:

If you’re a fan of Tolstoy and the search for the meaning of life:

If you have 40+ hours:

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