Job Director, screenwriter, producer, editor
Years active 1936-1993
Top GenresDrama, Action, Thriller/Suspense, Crime, Comedy
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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
His Dodes'ka-den (1970), Dersu Uzala (1975) and Kagemusha (1980) were Oscar-nominated for "Best Foreign Language Film". "Dersu Uzala" won. Rashomon (1950) won an Honorary Award as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1951.

He was born the youngest of four children for Isamu and Shima Kurosawa. As a child, he revered his elder brother Heigo. While young Akira was mainly into painting, Heigo was a film-lover and worked as a "benshi", a narrator/ commentator for foreign silent films. Akira's love for film was handed down from his brother. Unfortunately, Heigo suffered from depression and committed suicide. Short thereafter, both Akira's eldest brother and only sister died from illnesses, leaving Akira the only remaining child. His siblings' deaths (particularly that of Heigo) was a traumatic experience for Akira and is thought to have considerably darkened his world view.

Father of Kazuko Kurosawa.

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