ACMI stands for Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which is located in Melbourne’s CBD, just off Federation Square and is a easy walk across the road from the bustling Flinders Street Station. It is the only national museum in Australia where you can interact with film, video games and digital culture.
From May 26 until June 8, selected films by Akira Kurosawa were being shown at ACMI’s cinemas. After consulting which films were being shown and being a passionate Kurosawa-fan, Soichi and I decided to watch “High and Low” together (天国と地獄 Tengoku to Jikogu in Japanese, which translates to “Heaven and Hell”)
Having already seen the film, Soichi was more than happy to see it again with me at the screening offered. It was a gripping story with wonderful acting not only from lead Toshiro Mifune, but supporting actors as well. This wasn’t my first Kurosawa movie to watch, but the ones that I have seen so far have given me a new appreciation for Japanese films. It was also interesting for me to see a realistic approach on how different classes of people lived after the second World War in Japan. I’m looking forward to watching more Kurosawa films in the future ~