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Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa (Kyūjitai: 黒澤明, Shinjitai: 黒沢明 Kurosawa Akira; March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Considered one of the most important and influential filmmakers in film history, Kurosawa directed 30 films over a career spanning 57 years. Kurosawa entered the Japanese film industry in 1936, after a brief stint as a painter. After working for years on numerous films as an assistant director and screenwriter, he made his directorial debut in 1943, during World War II, with the popular action film Sanshiro Sugata (aka Judo Saga). . After the war, the critically acclaimed Drunken Angel (1948), in which Kurosawa played then-unknown actor Toshirō Mifune in a lead role, cemented the director’s reputation as one of Japan’s most important young filmmakers. The two men will then collaborate on 15 other films. Rashomon, which premiered in Tokyo in August 1950, and which also starred Mifune, became the surprise winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival on September 10, 1951 and was later released in Europe and the United States. North America. The commercial and critical success of this film opened Western film markets for the first time to products from the Japanese film industry, which in turn led to international recognition by other Japanese film artists. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, Kurosawa made about one 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 works – including his last two epics, Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985) – continued to win awards, including the Palme d’Or for Kagemusha, although more often. overseas than in Japan. In 1990, he accepted the Oscar for his entire career. 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 have contributed the most to the betterment of Asia over the past 100 years”. Description above taken from Wikipedia article Akira Kurosawa, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors at Wikipedia


“People today have forgotten that they are truly part of nature. Yet they destroy the nature on which our lives depend. They always think they can improve something. Especially scientists. They may be smart, but most don’t understand the heart of nature. They only invent things that, in the end, make people unhappy. Yet they are so proud of their inventions. Worse still, most people are too. They regard them as miracles. They worship them. They don’t know it, but they lose nature. They do not see that they are going to perish. The most important things for human beings are clean air and clean water.

Akira Kurosawa

“No matter where I go in the world, even if I don’t speak any foreign language, I don’t feel out of place. I consider the earth as my home. If everyone thought that way, people might notice how stupid international friction is and they would put an end to it.

Akira Kurosawa, Something like an autobiography

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Personal informations

Date of death: 1998-09-06

Date of birth: 03/23/1910

Place of birth: Shinagawa, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan