Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa

  • Born on
    • March 23rd, 1910
  • Died on
    • September 6th, 1998
Akira Kurosawa (Kyūjitai: 黒澤 明, Shinjitai: 黒沢 明 Kurosawa Akira; 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". Description above from the Wikipedia article Akira Kurosawa , licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Director (30 Credits)

1991Rhapsody in August
1975Dersu Uzala
1965Red Beard
1963High and Low
1960The Bad Sleep Well
1958The Hidden Fortress
1957Throne of Blood
1957The Lower Depths
1955I Live in Fear
1954Seven Samurai
1951The Idiot
1949Stray Dog
1949The Quiet Duel
1948Drunken Angel
1947One Wonderful Sunday
1946No Regrets for Our Youth
1945The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
1945Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two
1944The Most Beautiful
1943Sanshiro Sugata

Writer (10 Credits)

2016The Magnificent Seven
1999After the Rain
1960The Magnificent Seven
1960The Bad Sleep Well
1949Stray Dog
1949The Quiet Duel
1948Drunken Angel
1946No Regrets for Our Youth
1945The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
1944The Most Beautiful

Acting (1 Credits)


Himself (1 Credits)

1985A.K. as Himself


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