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Akira Kurosawa ( March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. Kurosawa entered the Japanese film industry in 1936, following a brief stint as a painter. After years of working on numerous films as an assistant director and scriptwriter, he made his debut as a director in 1943, during World War II with the popular action film Sanshiro Sugata (a.k.a. Judo Saga). After the war, the critically acclaimed Drunken Angel (1948), in which Kurosawa cast then-unknown actor Toshirō Mifune in a starring role, cemented the director's reputation as one of the most important young filmmakers in Japan. The two men would go on to collaborate on another 15 films. Rashomon, which premiered in Tokyo in August 1950, and which also starred Mifune, became, on September 10, 1951, the surprise winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and was subsequently released in Europe and North America. The commercial and critical success of this film opened up Western film markets for the first time to the products of the Japanese film industry, which in turn led to international recognition for other Japanese film artists. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, Kurosawa directed approximately a film a year, including a number of highly regarded films such as Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961). After the mid-1960s, he became much less prolific, but his later work—including his final two epics, Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985)—continued to win awards, including the Palme d'Or for Kagemusha, though more often abroad than in Japan. In 1990, he accepted the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.Posthumously, he was named "Asian of the Century" in the "Arts, Literature, and Culture" category by AsianWeek magazine and CNN, cited as "one of the [five] people who contributed most to the betterment of Asia in the past 100 years".

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Akira Kurosawa ( March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. Kurosawa entered the Japanese film industry in 1936, following a brief stint as a painter. After years of working on numerous films as an assistant director and scriptwriter, he made his debut as a director in 1943, during World War II with the popular action film Sanshiro Sugata (a.k.a. Judo Saga). After the war, the critically acclaimed Drunken Angel (1948), in which Kurosawa cast then-unknown actor Toshirō Mifune in a starring role, cemented the director's reputation as one of the most important young filmmakers in Japan. The two men would go on to collaborate on another 15 films. Rashomon, which premiered in Tokyo in August 1950, and which also starred Mifune, became, on September 10, 1951, the surprise winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and was subsequently released in Europe and North America. The commercial and critical success of this film opened up Western film markets for the first time to the products of the Japanese film industry, which in turn led to international recognition for other Japanese film artists. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, Kurosawa directed approximately a film a year, including a number of highly regarded films such as Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961). After the mid-1960s, he became much less prolific, but his later work—including his final two epics, Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985)—continued to win awards, including the Palme d'Or for Kagemusha, though more often abroad than in Japan. In 1990, he accepted the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.Posthumously, he was named "Asian of the Century" in the "Arts, Literature, and Culture" category by AsianWeek magazine and CNN, cited as "one of the [five] people who contributed most to the betterment of Asia in the past 100 years".

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 58

Birthday 1910-03-23

Day of Death 1998-09-06

Place of Birth Tokyo, Japan

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Also Known As

  • 黒澤明
  • أكيرا كوروساوا
  • อะกิระ คุโระซะวะ
  • Акира Куросава
  • 黑澤明
  • 구로사와 아키라

Writing TV ShowsMovies

2007 Tsubaki SanjûrôWriter
2002 The Sea Is WatchingScreenplay
2000 Dora-heitaScreenplay
1999 After the RainWriter
1996 Last Man StandingStory
1993 MadadayoWriter
1991 Rhapsody in AugustWriter
1990 DreamsScreenplay
1985 Runaway TrainScreenplay
1985 RanScreenplay
1980 KagemushaScreenplay
1975 Dersu UzalaAuthor
1973 Stray DogStory
1970 Dodes'ka-denScreenplay
1970 Tora! Tora! Tora!Screenplay
1965 Judo SagaWriter
1965 Red BeardAuthor
1963 High and LowScreenplay
1962 The Fencing MasterScreenplay
1962 SanjuroScreenplay
1961 YojimboScreenplay
1960 The Bad Sleep WellWriter
1958 The Hidden FortressWriter
1958 The Hidden FortressScreenplay
1957 Advance PatrolScreenplay
1957 The Lower DepthsWriter
1957 Throne of BloodScreenplay
1955 I Live in FearStory
1954 Seven SamuraiScreenplay
1952 IkiruScreenplay
1952 Sword for HireScreenplay
1952 Vendetta of a SamuraiWriter
1951 The IdiotWriter
1951 Beyond Love and HateScreenplay
1950 RashomonScreenplay
1950 Fencing MasterAdaptation
1950 ScandalWriter
1949 Stray DogWriter
1949 The Quiet DuelWriter
1948 The PortraitWriter
1948 Drunken AngelWriter
1947 Snow TrailScreenplay
1947 One Wonderful SundayWriter
1946 No Regrets for Our YouthWriter
1945 The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's TailWriter
1945 Sanshiro Sugata Part TwoWriter
1943 Sanshiro SugataWriter
1942 Tsubasa no GaikaWriter

Directing

1993 MadadayoDirector
1991 Rhapsody in AugustDirector
1990 DreamsDirector
1985 RanDirector
1980 KagemushaDirector
1975 Dersu UzalaDirector
1970 Dodes'ka-denDirector
1970 Song of the HorseDirector
1965 Red BeardDirector
1963 High and LowDirector
1962 SanjuroDirector
1961 YojimboDirector
1960 The Bad Sleep WellDirector
1958 The Hidden FortressDirector
1957 The Lower DepthsDirector
1957 Throne of BloodDirector
1955 I Live in FearDirector
1954 Seven SamuraiDirector
1952 IkiruDirector
1951 The IdiotDirector
1950 RashomonDirector
1950 ScandalDirector
1949 Stray DogDirector
1949 The Quiet DuelDirector
1948 Drunken AngelDirector
1947 One Wonderful SundayDirector
1946 No Regrets for Our YouthDirector
1946 Those Who Make TomorrowDirector
1945 The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's TailDirector
1945 Sanshiro Sugata Part TwoDirector
1944 The Most BeautifulDirector
1943 Sanshiro SugataDirector
1941 UmaCo-Director

Editing

1991 Rhapsody in AugustEditor
1985 RanEditor
1980 KagemushaEditor
1962 SanjuroEditor
1961 YojimboEditor
1960 The Bad Sleep WellEditor
1958 The Hidden FortressEditor
1957 The Lower DepthsEditor
1957 Throne of BloodEditor
1954 Seven SamuraiEditor
1952 IkiruEditor
1951 The IdiotEditor
1950 RashomonEditor
1946 No Regrets for Our YouthEditor
1943 Sanshiro SugataEditor

Production

1980 KagemushaExecutive Producer
1980 KagemushaProducer
1963 High and LowProducer
1961 YojimboProducer
1960 The Bad Sleep WellProducer
1958 The Hidden FortressProducer
1957 The Lower DepthsProducer
1957 Throne of BloodProducer
1949 Stray DogProducer

Acting

2000 Kurosawa as Himself
2000 A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies as Himself
1993 Akira Kurosawa: My Life in Cinema as Interviewee
1990 Making of Dreams: Kurosawa Akira and Ôbayashi Nobuhiko- Eiga no Taiwa as HImself
1985 A.K. as Himself

Crew

1937 AvalancheSecond Unit

Creator

2004 Samurai 7Creator

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