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Years active 1936-1993
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Akira Kurosawa Overview:

Director, Akira Kurosawa, was born on Mar 23, 1910 in Tokyo, Japan. Kurosawa died at the age of 88 on Sep 6, 1998 in Tokyo, Japan .



Although Kurosawa was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award. However he won one Honorary Oscar Award in 1989 for accomplishments that have inspired, delighted, enriched and entertained audiences and influenced filmmakers throughout the world.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1985Best DirectorRan (1985)N/ANominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

1989Honorary Awardfor accomplishments that have inspired, delighted, enriched and entertained audiences and influenced filmmakers throughout the world


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Seven Samurai (1954, Kurosawa Akira)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 27, 2018 From The Stop Button

Seven Samurai is about a farming village, under imminent threat of bandits raiding and stealing their crop?and possibly doing much worse?who decides to hire samurai to defend them. They send four men?Fujiwara Kamatari, Kosugi Yoshio, Tsuchiya Yoshio, and Hidari Bokuzen?to town to hire the samurai. T... Read full article

Rashomon (1950, Kurosawa Akira)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 4, 2016 From The Stop Button

Where to start with Rashomon? Starting at the beginning means talking about the bookends–three strangers stranded in the rain, two telling the third different versions of the same story, each ostensibly true. The rain pours down around them, drowning out their voices. Rashomon is a film withou... Read full article

Takashi Shimura and

By Michael on Jan 23, 2016 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

Note : this review is a contribution to Symbiotic Collaborations blogathon hosted by CineMaven’s Essays From the Couch. Takashi Shimura and While Japanese film director doesn’t need an introduction amongst cinephiles, actor Takashi Shimura is a mor... Read full article

Drunken Angel (1948, Kurosawa Akira)

By Andrew Wickliffe on May 25, 2015 From The Stop Button

Drunken Angel never hides its sentimentality. The film’s protagonist, an alcoholic doctor working in a slum (Shimura Takashi in a glorious performance), is well aware of his sentimentality. He resents it–Shimura has these great yelling and throwing scenes–but it’s what keeps ... Read full article

What If…? ’s (Sort Of) Top 100 Films List

By Michael on Aug 18, 2014 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Okay, let me go ahead and admit up front that the headline up above is – in the best internet tradition – at least slightly misleading. No, the acclaimed Japanese director never made a top 100 films list. As his daughter, Kazuko Kurosawa states, “My father always sai... Read full article

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Akira Kurosawa Facts
He believed his years as an assistant director were invaluable. In Japanese cinema at that time, assistant directors dabbled in virtually every aspect of film production and Kurosawa, among other things, learned all about editing, set-decorating, costume-design and working with actors. Almost all of the assistant directors in Kurosawa's day were aspiring to become full-fledged directors. He felt that it was a shame that, in more modern Japanese cinema and in America, the assistant director doesn't accrue as much experience and usually permanently stays as an assistant director throughout his career and that there would be a great number of excellent directors had they had his training.

Several of his films have been remade in America as westerns. Seven Samurai (1954) ("The Seven Samurai") was remade as The Magnificent Seven (1960), and Yojimbo (1961) ("The Bodyguard") was remade as A Fistful of Dollars (1964). In addition, The Hidden Fortress (1958) ("The Hidden Fortress") was a major inspiration for the "Star Wars" saga, which takes many inspirations from westerns and is often referred to as a space western. Common story elements include Gen. Makabe, who became Obi-Wan Kenobi; Princess Yuki, who became Princess Leia and whose trick of disguising herself as a handmaiden would later be used by Queen Amidala; and the farmers from whose viewpoint the film is told, Matashichi and Tahei, whose constant bickering inspired C-3PO and R2-D2.

He was infamous for his perfectionism. Among the related tales are his insisting a stream be made to run in the opposite direction in order to get a better visual effect, and having the roof of a house removed, later to be replaced, because he felt the roof's presence to be unattractive in a short sequence filmed from a train. He also required that all the actors in his period films had to wear their costumes for several weeks, daily, before filming so that they would look lived in.

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