I’ll start with two Kurosawa-related video essay by the excellent Every Frame a Painting YouTube channel.
Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doaQC-S8de8 - from the Every Frame a Painting YouTube channel (8:30 mins long).
“Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen. Join me today in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.”
The Bad Sleep Well (1960) - The Geometry of a Scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGc-K7giqKM - from the Every Frame a Painting YouTube channel (3:10 mins long).
“One of Akira Kurosawa’s many gifts was staging scenes in ways that were bold, simple and visual. I’m working on a longer essay about him and this piece didn’t make the cut, so I’m releasing it as a short standalone video.”