Catch Kurosawa Classics at The Flicks

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Japanese filmmaking legend Akira Kurosawa, whose classic films have provided inspiration for Hollywood productions including Star Wars: Episode IV and The Magnificent Seven would have turned 100 years old this year. He was the subject of a Google Doodle on his birthday on March 23, and here in Boise, the celebration continues at The Flicks with two screenings of Kurosawa’s most famous films, Ikiru and The Hidden Fortress.

On Thursday, July 29, The Hidden Fortress, which inspired George Lucas’ Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, will be screened. On Thursday, August 5, the 1952 film Ikiru will draw audiences into the life of a troubled man. English subtitles will be provided for both films.

The sreenings are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and help benefit the Idaho Japanese Association. Films start at 7 p.m. with a no-host reception at 6 p.m.