Kurosawa Akira

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  • Native name: 黒沢明
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 23, 1910
  • Died: September 6, 1998

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Kurosawa Akira

  • Name: Kurosawa Akira
  • Native name: 黒沢明
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 23, 1910
  • Died: September 6, 1998
Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, he 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 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 Toshiro 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, became the surprise winner of the Golden Lion at the 1952 Venice Film Festival. The commercial and critical success of that 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 filmmakers. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, Kurosawa directed approximately a film a year, including a number of highly regarded (and often adapted) films, such as Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961). After the 1960s, he became much less prolific, though his later work—including his final two epics, Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985)—continued to win awards 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 there as being among the five people who most prominently contributed to the improvement of Asia in the past century. His career has been honored by many retrospectives, critical studies and biographies in both print and video, and by releases in many consumer media formats.
Screenwriter
Year Title Type Rating
2002 The Sea Is Watching
Movie
7.5
2000 Dora-heita
Movie
5.0
1999 After the Rain
Movie
7.4
1965 Sugata Sanshiro
Movie
7.3
1952 Vendetta of Samurai
Movie
7.9
1950 Fencing Master
Movie
7.8
1950 Escape at Dawn
Movie
0.0
1949 Jakoman and Tetsu
Movie
0.0
1948 The Portrait
Movie
7.5
1947 Snow Trail
Movie
7.8
1947 Yottsu no Koi no Monogatari
Movie
0.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
1993 Madadayo
Movie
8.0
1991 Rhapsody in August
Movie
7.8
1990 Dreams
Movie
8.4
1985 Ran
Movie
8.4
1980 Kagemusha
Movie
8.4
1977 Dersu Uzala
Movie
8.5
1970 Dodesukaden
Movie
7.5
1965 Red Beard
Movie
8.6
1963 High and Low
Movie
8.8
1962 Sanjuro
Movie
8.7
1961 Yojimbo
Movie
8.6
1960 The Bad Sleep Well
Movie
8.2
1958 The Hidden Fortress
Movie
8.5
1957 The Lower Depths
Movie
7.6
1957 Throne of Blood
Movie
8.3
1955 I Live in Fear
Movie
7.2
1954 Seven Samurai
Movie
8.8
1952 Ikiru
Movie
8.8
1952 The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
Movie
8.0
1951 The Idiot
Movie
7.8
1950 Rashomon
Movie
8.4
1950 Scandal
Movie
7.1
1949 Stray Dog
Movie
8.0
1949 The Quiet Duel
Movie
7.9
1948 Drunken Angel
Movie
8.3
1947 One Wonderful Sunday
Movie
8.4
1946 No Regrets for Our Youth
Movie
7.9
1945 Sanshiro Sugata Part II
Movie
5.8
1944 The Most Beautiful
Movie
7.3
1943 Sanshiro Sugata
Movie
7.6
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