Tatsuya Nakadai in Masaki Kobayashi's film “Harakiri” (1962), drawn by Greg Ruth.   The main character discovered that several samurai made his son-in-law commit seppuku (the polite term for 'Harakiri').  Now he is surrounded by the top knots of all the dead samurai, while gazing at the vision of his now-dead son-in-law, who has been vindicated.

Tatsuya Nakadai in Masaki Kobayashi's film “Harakiri” drawn by Greg Ruth.

akira kurosawa fan art | Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo by ~Borruen on deviantART

Kurosawa-- one time I watched this with an old friend , he was having a bad night and ended up sleeping on my couch. I was glad he was there but sad because his hubris led him to that sadness. Films are how I can relate to like souls.

'To Live', and that's just what the main character of one of Akira Kurosawa's greatest movies attempts to do when he realizes that he is dying of cancer. What he chooses to do with the rest of his life may seem petty and unimportant to many viewers, but just look at his face at the end of the film, and maybe you will understand.

Ikiru Akira Kurosawa) / Written by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni

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valsedelalune: “Greg Ruth - Seven Samurai Artwork.

Seven Samurai (1954). An all-time legendary picture, produced by renowned director Akira Kurosaw. Check out the top 10 Samurai movies; http://bit.ly/1PuKFlr.

Shichinin no Samurai Alternative movie poster made by Matthew Anstee (Tea & Pencils)

Tony Stella - "My favorite films were mostly Japanese & really hard to track down. Without the internet to guide you, you had to serve a kind of underground apprenticeship, usually under much older, cynical video-store sophisticates." - http://goo.gl/KK3h84

ART INTERVIEW: Tony Stella - Essential Asian Flim Posters

Ran (乱) by Akira Kurosawa - 1985 - Artist: Tony Stella, an Italian Illustrator who creates expressive hand painted film posters.