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Birth information

23 March 1910 Tokyo, Japan

Death information

6 September 1998 Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan

Nickname

The Emperor
Wind Man

How tall is Akira Kurosawa?

1.82 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Yôko Yaguchi

Life Story of Akira Kurosawa

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom. Drunken Angel (1948)--"Drunken Angel"--was the first film he made without extensive studio interference, and marked his first collaboration with Toshirô Mifune. In the coming decades, the two would make 16 movies together, and Mifune became as closely associated with Kurosawa's films as was John Wayne with the films of Kurosawa's idol, John Ford. After working in a wide range of genres, Kurosawa made his international breakthrough film Rashomon (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 Seven Samurai (1954), the barbaric, riveting Shakespeare adaptation Throne of Blood (1957), and a fun pair of samurai comedies Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962). After a lean period in the late 1960s and early 1970s,...

Significant features of Akira Kurosawa

Frequently uses the "wipe effect" to fade from one scene to another. This effect later became famous due to its usage in the Star Wars trilogy.
Likes to do Shakespearan plays in Feudal Japanese settings
Often casts Toshirô Mifune ,...

Publications and Magazines about Akira Kurosawa

Donald Richie The Films of Akira Kurosawa. 1971
Akira Kurosawa (transl. by Audie E. Bock) Something Like An Autobiography. 1982
James Goodwin Perspectives on Akira Kurosawa. 1994
Desser, David The samurai films of Akira Kurosawa. 1983
Tassone, Aldo Akira Kurosawa. 1983
Richie, Donald The films of Akira Kurosawa. 1965
Mesnil, Michel Kurosawa. 1973
Goodwin, James Akira Kurosawa and intertextual cinema. 1994
Niogret, Hubert Akira Kurosawa. 1995
Sato, Tadao Akira Kurosawa no Sekkai. 1968
Tesson, Charles Akira Kurosawa. 2007
Ezratty, Sacha Akira Kurosawa. 1964
Eric San Juan Akira Kurosawa: A Viewer's Guide. 2018

Biographical movies about Akira Kurosawa

Great Performances: "Kurosawa" Episode #30.9 2000
A.K. 1985
Kurosawa: The Last Emperor 1999
Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create 2002

What movies did Akira Kurosawa play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Kagemusha (1980) , Dodes'ka-den (1970) , Sanshiro Sugata (1965) , High and Low (1963) , Yojimbo (1961) , The Bad Sleep Well (1960) , The Hidden Fortress (1958) , The Lower Depths (1957) , Throne of Blood (1957) , Stray Dog (1949) , Haru no tawamure (1949) ,
Directors Filmography
Maadadayo (1993) , Rhapsodie im August (1991) , Dreams (1990) , Ran (1985) , Kagemusha (1980) , Dersu Uzala (1975) , Dodes'ka-den (1970) , Song of the Horse (1970) , Red Beard...

Birth information

23 March 1910 Tokyo, Japan

Death information

6 September 1998 Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan

Nickname

The Emperor
Wind Man

How tall is Akira Kurosawa?

1.82 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Yôko Yaguchi

Life Story of Akira Kurosawa

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom. Drunken Angel (1948)--"Drunken Angel"--was the first film he made without extensive studio interference, and marked his first collaboration with Toshirô Mifune. In the coming decades, the two would make 16 movies together, and Mifune became as closely associated with Kurosawa's films as was John Wayne with the films of Kurosawa's idol, John Ford. After working in a wide range of genres, Kurosawa made his international breakthrough film Rashomon (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 Seven Samurai (1954), the barbaric, riveting Shakespeare adaptation Throne of Blood (1957), and a fun pair of samurai comedies Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962). After a lean period in the late 1960s and early 1970s,...

Significant features of Akira Kurosawa

Frequently uses the "wipe effect" to fade from one scene to another. This effect later became famous due to its usage in the Star Wars trilogy.
Likes to do Shakespearan plays in Feudal Japanese settings
Often casts Toshirô Mifune ,...

Publications and Magazines about Akira Kurosawa

Donald Richie The Films of Akira Kurosawa. 1971
Akira Kurosawa (transl. by Audie E. Bock) Something Like An Autobiography. 1982
James Goodwin Perspectives on Akira Kurosawa. 1994
Desser, David The samurai films of Akira Kurosawa. 1983
Tassone, Aldo Akira Kurosawa. 1983
Richie, Donald The films of Akira Kurosawa. 1965
Mesnil, Michel Kurosawa. 1973
Goodwin, James Akira Kurosawa and intertextual cinema. 1994
Niogret, Hubert Akira Kurosawa. 1995
Sato, Tadao Akira Kurosawa no Sekkai. 1968
Tesson, Charles Akira Kurosawa. 2007
Ezratty, Sacha Akira Kurosawa. 1964
Eric San Juan Akira Kurosawa: A Viewer's Guide. 2018

Biographical movies about Akira Kurosawa

Great Performances: "Kurosawa" Episode #30.9 2000
A.K. 1985
Kurosawa: The Last Emperor 1999
Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create 2002

What movies did Akira Kurosawa play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Kagemusha (1980) , Dodes'ka-den (1970) , Sanshiro Sugata (1965) , High and Low (1963) , Yojimbo (1961) , The Bad Sleep Well (1960) , The Hidden Fortress (1958) , The Lower Depths (1957) , Throne of Blood (1957) , Stray Dog (1949) , Haru no tawamure (1949) ,
Directors Filmography
Maadadayo (1993) , Rhapsodie im August (1991) , Dreams (1990) , Ran (1985) , Kagemusha (1980) , Dersu Uzala (1975) , Dodes'ka-den (1970) , Song of the Horse (1970) , Red Beard...

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His films are frequently copied and remade by American and European filmmakers.

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Because he could not get film financing for a period of time in his career, he directed and even appeared in Japanese television commercials.

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At around 6' feet, he was extremely tall by Japanese standards, having stood a head taller than any of his colleagues.

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Although the Japanese press tried to paint him as a tyrant, almost all of his casts and crews agreed he was a much more cool and detached presence on sets. Many also described him as "intense".

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Akira Kurosawa in Rotbart (1965)

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890- 1945". Pages 583-605. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

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Akira Kurosawa in Ran (1985)

Kurosawa worshiped legendary American director John Ford, his primary influence as a filmmaker. When the two met, Ford was uncommonly pleasant to the younger Japanese filmmaker and afterwards Kurosawa dressed in a similar fashion to Ford when on film sets. When Kurosawa eventually met Ford in the early 60's, Ford said to him:"You really like rain!" To which a delighted Kurosawa replied "You've really watched my films!".

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Akira Kurosawa and Toshirô Mifune

According to his family, he rarely thought about anything other than films. Even when at home, he would sit around silently, apparently composing shots in his head.

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Akira Kurosawa and Catherine Cadou in Kurosawa, la voie (2011)

He had a son Hisao (b. 20-Dec-1945), and a daughter, award-winning film costume designer Kazuko (b. 29-Apr-1954).

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Akira Kurosawa in Uzala, der Kirgise (1975)

His Dodes'ka-den (1970), Dersu Uzala (1975) and Kagemusha (1980) were Oscar-nominated for "Best Foreign Language Film". "Dersu Uzala" won. Rashomon (1950) won an Honorary Award as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1951.

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Akira Kurosawa, Tatsuya Nakadai, and Jinpachi Nezu in Ran (1985)

Ranked #6 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!" [2005]

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Akira Kurosawa in Ran (1985)

In the 1990s he referred to Kagemusha (1980), which some have considered a great film on its own, as a mere "dress rehearsal" for Ran (1985) (both are epics about failing emperors set roughly in the same historical era), with the latter film having been his passion for roughly a decade before he made it.

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Akira Kurosawa in Kagemusha - Der Schatten des Kriegers (1980)

His two favorite actors to work with were apparently Takashi Shimura and, more famously, Toshirô Mifune. Kurosawa made 16 films with Mifune (almost always in a leading role) and 21 films with Shimura (in either a leading or supporting role).

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Akira Kurosawa in Kagemusha - Der Schatten des Kriegers (1980)

He worked with most of his cast and crew members repeatedly, similarly to the way his idol John Ford used the same people again and again. When Kurosawa was at his working peak, it was widely thought that if he didn't work with an actor or crew member again, the implication was that he did not like them.

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Akira Kurosawa

He was born the youngest of four children for Isamu and Shima Kurosawa. As a child, he revered his elder brother Heigo. While young Akira was mainly into painting, Heigo was a film-lover and worked as a "benshi", a narrator/ commentator for foreign silent films. Akira's love for film was handed down from his brother. Unfortunately, Heigo suffered from depression and committed suicide. Short thereafter, both Akira's eldest brother and only sister died from illnesses, leaving Akira the only remaining child. His siblings' deaths (particularly that of Heigo) was a traumatic experience for Akira and is thought to have considerably darkened his world view.

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He was a fan of the films of Satyajit Ray.

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One his closest friends was Ishirô Honda, the writer-director behind Godzilla - Das Original (1954).

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Akira Kurosawa, Richard Gere, and Hisashi Igawa in Rhapsodie im August (1991)

He was infamous for his perfectionism. Among the related tales are his insisting a stream be made to run in the opposite direction in order to get a better visual effect, and having the roof of a house removed, later to be replaced, because he felt the roof's presence to be unattractive in a short sequence filmed from a train. He also required that all the actors in his period films had to wear their costumes for several weeks, daily, before filming so that they would look lived in.

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Akira Kurosawa and Theodoros Angelopoulos

He named the film that made him want to work in cinema as Abel Gance's film The Wheel (1923), particularly certain kinetic shots of trains.

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Akira Kurosawa, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg

He was a fan of the work of Sergei M. Eisenstein, who, like Kurosawa, edited his own films.

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Akira Kurosawa, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg

Many of the characters in his period films were loosely based on historical figures.

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Akira Kurosawa and John Huston

His mentor was 'Kajiro Yamamoto'.

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Akira Kurosawa, George Lucas, etc.

Awarded the French Legion of Honor, 1984.

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