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Akira Kurosawa

Director

“Movie directors, or should I say people who create things, are very greedy and they can never be satisfied...that's why they can keep on working. I've been able to work for so long because I think next time, I'll make something good.”

 

Biography

The son of an army officer, Kurosawa studied art before gravitating to film as a means of supporting himself. He served seven years as an assistant to director Kajiro Yamamoto before he began his own directorial career with Sanshiro Sugata (1943), a film about the 19th century struggle for supremacy between adherents of judo and jujitsu that so impressed the military government, he was prevailed upon to make a sequel (Sanshiro Sugata Part Two). Following the end of World War II, Kurosawa’s career gathered speed with a series of films that cut across all genres, from crime thrillers to period dramas. Among the latter, his Rashomon (1951) became the first postwar Japanese film to find wide favor with Western audiences. It was Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai (1954), however, that made the largest impact of any of his movies outside of Japan. Although heavily cut for its original release, this three-hour-plus medieval action drama, shot with painstaking… read more

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CJ Roy

24Jan14

Not since Sergei Eisenstein has a moviemaker set loose such a bedlam of elemental energies. He works with three cameras at once, makes telling use of telescopic lenses that drill deep into a scene, suck up all the action in sight and then spew it violently into the viewer’s face. But Kurosawa is far more than a master of movement. He is an ironist who knows how to pity. He is a moralist with a sense of humor. He is a realist who curses the darkness—and then lights a blowtorch. - Brad Darrach

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JEFFTHEKILLER

18Oct13

“Movie directors, or should I say people who create things, are very greedy and they can never be satisfied...that's why they can keep on working. I've been able to work for so long because I think next time, I'll make something good.” -Akira Kurosawa

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atpgaga

22Mar13

Happy Birthday to my inspiration!

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This is Jake Kath

25Dec12

If you are a true Kurosawa fan, you'll have to watch this! http://youtu.be/cgLWrPE790Y

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Favorite Kurosawa lead actor?

45 posts by 32 people 12 months ago

Akira Kurosawa and Sam Peckinpah Sexist?

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Some Criticisms of Kurosawa

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Top Kurosawa

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All Highs, No Lows: Three Film Noir Classics by Kurosawa

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any advice on appreciating Kurosawa

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what should be first kurosawa movie?

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any one else going to AK/100?

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