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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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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

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 53

Birthday 1910-03-23

Day of Death 1998-09-06

Place of Birth Tokyo, Japan

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • 黒澤明

Writing TV ShowsMovies

2007 Tsubaki Sanjûrô … Writer
2002 The Sea Is Watching … Screenplay
2000 Dora-heita … Screenplay
1999 After the Rain … Writer
1993 Madadayo … Writer
1991 Rhapsody in August … Writer
1990 Dreams … Screenplay
1985 Ran … Screenplay
1980 Kagemusha … Screenplay
1975 Dersu Uzala … Author
1973 Stray Dog … Story
1970 Dodes'ka-den … Screenplay
1970 Tora! Tora! Tora! … Screenplay
1965 Judo Saga … Writer
1965 Red Beard … Author
1963 High and Low … Screenplay
1962 The Fencing Master … Screenplay
1962 Sanjuro … Screenplay
1961 Yojimbo … Screenplay
1960 The Bad Sleep Well … Writer
1958 The Hidden Fortress … Writer
1958 The Hidden Fortress … Screenplay
1957 Advance Patrol … Screenplay
1957 The Lower Depths … Writer
1957 Throne of Blood … Screenplay
1955 I Live in Fear … Story
1954 Seven Samurai … Screenplay
1952 Ikiru … Screenplay
1952 Vendetta of a Samurai … Writer
1951 The Idiot … Writer
1950 Rashomon … Screenplay
1950 Fencing Master … Adaptation
1950 Scandal … Writer
1949 Stray Dog … Writer
1949 The Quiet Duel … Writer
1948 The Portrait … Writer
1948 Drunken Angel … Writer
1947 Snow Trail … Screenplay
1947 One Wonderful Sunday … Writer
1946 No Regrets for Our Youth … Writer
1945 The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail … Writer
1945 Sanshiro Sugata Part Two … Writer
1943 Sanshiro Sugata … Writer

Directing

1993 Madadayo … Director
1991 Rhapsody in August … Director
1990 Dreams … Director
1985 Ran … Director
1980 Kagemusha … Director
1975 Dersu Uzala … Director
1970 Dodes'ka-den … Director
1970 Song of the Horse … Director
1965 Red Beard … Director
1963 High and Low … Director
1962 Sanjuro … Director
1961 Yojimbo … Director
1960 The Bad Sleep Well … Director
1958 The Hidden Fortress … Director
1957 The Lower Depths … Director
1957 Throne of Blood … Director
1955 I Live in Fear … Director
1954 Seven Samurai … Director
1952 Ikiru … Director
1951 The Idiot … Director
1950 Rashomon … Director
1950 Scandal … Director
1949 Stray Dog … Director
1949 The Quiet Duel … Director
1948 Drunken Angel … Director
1947 One Wonderful Sunday … Director
1946 No Regrets for Our Youth … Director
1946 Those Who Make Tomorrow … Director
1945 The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail … Director
1945 Sanshiro Sugata Part Two … Director
1944 The Most Beautiful … Director
1943 Sanshiro Sugata … Director
1941 Uma … Director

Editing

1991 Rhapsody in August … Editor
1985 Ran … Editor
1962 Sanjuro … Editor
1961 Yojimbo … Editor
1960 The Bad Sleep Well … Editor
1958 The Hidden Fortress … Editor
1957 The Lower Depths … Editor
1957 Throne of Blood … Editor
1954 Seven Samurai … Editor
1952 Ikiru … Editor
1951 The Idiot … Editor
1950 Rashomon … Editor
1946 No Regrets for Our Youth … Editor

Production

1980 Kagemusha … Executive Producer
1980 Kagemusha … Producer
1963 High and Low … Producer
1961 Yojimbo … Producer
1960 The Bad Sleep Well … Producer
1958 The Hidden Fortress … Producer
1957 The Lower Depths … Producer
1957 Throne of Blood … Producer
1949 Stray Dog … Producer

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 Avalanche … Second Unit

Creator

2004 Samurai 7 … Creator

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