In honor of the 100th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa's birth, Turner Classic Movies is having a marathon of his films today.
Even if you've never seen one of his films, more then likely you've seen a film that's a remake of one of his, and most defintiely have seen a film by one of the many filmmakers inspired by him. The Magnificent Seven was a remake of his film Seven Samurai. Directors whom he influenced range from Bergman and Fellini to Sam Peckinpah and George Lucas.
High and Low, also known as Heaven and Hell, is my personal favorite. The battle scenes between immense samurai armies are shot with such attention to detail and artistry they make Braveheart look like a film school project.
Seven Samurai comes on tonight at 9:30 eastern. Definitely something to check out.