Kurosawa, Akira

Kurosawa, Akira

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Family name: 黒澤
Birthday: Mar 23, 1910
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After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, making his directorial debut in 1943. After working in a wide range of genres, he made his breakthrough film Rashômon (1950) in 1950. It won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, and first revealed the richness of Japanese cinema to the West. The next few years saw the low-key, touching Ikiru (1952) (Living), the epic Shichinin no samurai (1954) (Seven Samurai) and the barbaric, riveting Shakespeare adaptation Kumonosu jô (1957) (Throne of Blood), the later two showcasing the magnetic personality of Toshirô Mifune, who also starred in the two samurai comedies Yojimbo (1961) and Tsubaki Sanjûrô (1962). After a lean period in the late 1960s and early 1970s, though, Kurosawa attempted suicide. He survived, and made the Russian co-production Dersu Uzala (1975) and, with the help of admirers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, the samurai epic Kagemusha (1980), which was in many ways a dry run for Ran (1985), his second Shakespeare adaptation. He continued to work into his eighties with the more personal Dreams (1990), Hachi-gatsu no kyôshikyoku (1991) and Madadayo (1993). Kurosawa's films have always been more popular in the West than in his native Japan, where critics have viewed his adaptations of Western genres and authors (William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Maxim Gorky and Evan Hunter) with suspicion - but he's revered by American and European film-makers, who remade Shichinin no samurai (1954), as The Magnificent Seven (1960), Yojimbo (1961), as Per un pugno di dollari (1964) and Kakushi-toride no san-akunin (1958), as Star Wars (1977).

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Kurosawa died on September 6th 1998.
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GBR | Nov 25, 6:39 PM
Greatest of all time.


sailormcostume | Aug 23, 8:26 AM
Genius!


ThePrinceList | Jul 3, 10:26 AM
Legend


dbzmerchandise | May 31, 6:00 AM
A master of all masters!


WilliamSG | Jan 18, 6:46 PM
Greatest Japanese director (along Kobayashi).


Daeson | Feb 19, 2015 3:43 AM
He's the perfect image of a yakuza oyabun. No wonder his films are criminally appealing!


Anti-Illuminatus | Nov 1, 2014 5:14 PM
Kurosawa > Anime


zaladinos | Aug 28, 2014 9:11 PM
Absolute Legend Tier.


Speedhoven92 | Apr 12, 2014 4:51 AM
Oh this man.. Akira Kurosawa, Masaki Kobayashi and Yasujiro Ozu are few of the best directors ever, period


octal9 | Jan 12, 2014 8:03 AM
rewatching the hidden fortress on blu ray - nothing short of life changing - i've watched almost all his films and will continue to rewatch them 'till i shuffle off this mortal coil - western cinema owes him a massive debt of gratitude! also, for fans of his work with toshiro mifune, check out the first time they worked together in Ginrei no Hate (or Snow Trail - 1947) ....great crime drama that kurosawa did the screenwriting on and mifune made his acting debut in (also has the great rewatching the hidden fortress on blu ray - nothing short of life changing - i've watched almost all his films and will continue to rewatch them 'till i shuffle off this mortal coil - western cinema owes him a massive debt of gratitude! also, for fans of his work with toshiro mifune, check out the first time they worked together in Ginrei no Hate (or Snow Trail - 1947) ....great crime drama that kurosawa did the screenwriting on and mifune made his acting debut in( rewatching the hidden fortress on blu ray - nothing short of life changing - i've watched almost all his films and will continue to rewatch them 'till i shuffle off this mortal coil - western cinema owes him a massive debt of gratitude! also, for fans of his work with toshiro mifune, check out the first time they worked together in Ginrei no Hate (or Snow Trail - 1947) ....great crime drama that kurosawa did the screenwriting on and mifune made his acting debut in (also has the great takashi shimura in it as well)...... nice!


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