FilmExodus Battle Royale III: Semi-Finals — Kurosawa v Refn

First Rounds are over. There was no chance at redemption. Now, the only thing left is the final Battle. “Let Them Fight!”, the series where we pit two directors with similar backgrounds against one another, has transitioned into the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Where all the previous winners duke it out, and only one director can be left standing when the dust settles. This is FilmExodus Battle Royale III.

For an overview of past fights and what’s coming up, click here.

What to Consider

Obviously, which director do you think is better than the other? But what film of theirs proves your point. Remember, it isn’t so much about which film made the most money or was a critical darling, but in your mind which Director is better than the other in terms of style, risk, scope, etc.

How I Tally the Votes

I look at the comments posted (only first comments, no replies) to see who they picked. I don’t count comments that don’t give a clear answer on who they chose. If you want your comment to count make sure it is not a reply to someone else’s comment and has a clear definite winner.

We’ve reached the semi-finals stage, everyone. Whichever director wins here goes on to compete in the finals. The two directors vying for that chance today are Akira Kurosawa and Nicolas Winding Refn.


Akira Kurosawa

Date of Birth: March 23, 1910 (aged 88; died in 1998)

Last Directorial Feature: Madadayo (1993)

Highest Rated Film: Drunken Angel (1948) – 100% RT


Nicolas Winding Refn

Date of Birth: September 29, 1970 (age 48)

Latest Directorial Feature: The Neon Demon (2016)

Highest Rated Film: Pusher II (2004) – 100% RT


Only one can move on to the final round, so FIGHT!