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Honolulu Museum of Art, 532-6097,; $10-$12 (unless noted)

Akira Kurosawa Retrospective

Japanese Cinema Month is dedicated to the work of the influential Japanese filmmaker, with films showcased through Thursday. In conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “Abstract Expressionism: Looking East From the Far West.” All films are in Japanese with English subtitles unless noted.

>> “Red Beard”

Noon Saturday

In his final role for Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune plays a compassionate clinic director who teaches an arrogant young doctor to embrace and appreciate the lives of his needy and less fortunate patients. (1965, 3:05)

>> “Dodes’ka-den”

4 p.m. Saturday

Despite barely getting by while living in the slums of Tokyo’s outskirts, a group of individuals including a homeless father and son, an abused woman and a boy with dreams of becoming a trolley conductor find reasons to carry on. (1970, 2:24)

>> “Ran”

7 p.m. Saturday, with an introduction by lecturer Deanna Chang, who will provide a sociological interpretation of how aging and family dynamics materialize in the film.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” this recently restored epic film is about an aging lord who entrusts his domain to his three sons, but a power struggle erupts after his eldest son betrays him. (1985, 2:42)

>> “Dersu Uzala”

1 p.m. Sunday

Captain Vladimir and his Siberian forest expedition meet an undersized mountain man at their rural campsite and form a friendship that spans decades. A recovering Kurosawa was battling a suicidal depression when he agreed to direct this Soviet-Japanese co-production, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. In Russian and Chinese with English subtitles. (1975, 2:41)

>> “Dreams”

7 p.m. Sunday

A series of eight vignettes that stem from Kurosawa’s own visions of his past, present and future as he reflects on his “childhood fears, wartime disillusionments and nuclear anxieties.” (1990, 1:59)

>> “Rhapsody in August”

1 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Nearly 50 years following the American nuclear attack on Nagasaki during World War II, an elderly woman still harboring hostile feelings towards America is hesitant to visit her dying brother in Hawaii despite receiving help from her nephew, played by Richard Gere. (1991, 1:38)

>> “Madadayo”

7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Thursday

In his final film, Kurosawa pays tribute to writer/educator Hyakken Uchida through episodes that illustrate affection and loyalty between Uchida and his students. (1993, 2:04)


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“Varg Veum: Woman in the Fridge”

11 a.m., and 3:15 and 4:45 p.m. Friday

Detective Veum, hired by an oil-drilling company to find a missing engineer, finds a headless torso in the man’s fridge and is knocked out by an attacker. When he wakes up, the body is gone and the scene has been wiped clean. For ages 15 and older. In Norwegian with English subtitles. (2008, Norway, 1:27)

“Spider-Man: Homecoming”

12:45, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday; and 11:45 a.m., and 4:15 and 8:45 p.m. Saturday

After meeting Tony Stark, a determined Peter Parker wants to prove his alter ego Spider-Man is a superhero worthy of the Avengers and has his chance when the villainous Vulture threatens his neighborhood. Rated PG-13. With Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei and Jon Favreau. (2017, 2:13)


2:15 and 6:45 p.m. Saturday

Thriller about two detectives who must settle their differences and work together to solve the mysterious killings of young women in the marshlands and fields of Andalucia. For ages 15 and older. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2014, Spain, 1:45)

“Girl in the Sunny Place” (“Hidamari no kanojo”)

Noon Sunday; and 2:15 and 4:30 p.m. Monday

Love story about a young man who runs into a childhood friend who has grown into a lovely woman. Love blossoms but she has a secret. For ages 12 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (2013, Japan, 2:09)

“A Bride for Rip Van Winkle”

2:15 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday

While planning her wedding to someone she met through a dating website, a young part-time teacher (whose only social interactions are online) is embarrassed about her short guest list, so she heads online seeking the services of someone to help fill her wedding party with “friends and relatives.” (2016, Japan, 3:00)

“Pee Mak”

8:45 p.m. Sunday

An injured soldier returns home with four of his buddies and introduces them to his wife and newborn son; then strange things happen in his household. For ages 12 and older. In Thai with English subtitles. (2013, Thailand, 1:52)

“Kiki, Love to Love”

11 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. Monday

Comedic remake of Australian director Josh Lawson’s 2014 film “The Little Death” about the erotic fantasies of five ordinary couples. For ages 15 and older. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2016, Spain, 1:42)

“Carmina or Blow Up”

12:45 and 6:45 p.m. Monday

After her tavern is robbed of 80 hams, Carmina uses her “crafty mind” to find a way to make up for the loss. For ages 15 and older. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2012, Spain, 1:10)

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

3 and 7 p.m. Thursday

Part One of a trilogy. A young chemist develops a drug for Alzheimer’s and tests it on a baby chimp named Caesar, who starts to develop human-like intelligence, prompting the drug company to take the chimp away from his scientific “family.” With James Franco, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow. Rated PG-13. (2011, U.S./U.K./Canada, 1:45)

“Samurai Fiction”

5 and 9 p.m. Thursday

Martial arts comedy about a young samurai who is determined to kill a notorious master swordsman for stealing a precious treasure from his family. For ages 12 and older. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1998, Japan, 1:51)

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