Akira Kurosawa

23 Mar 1910 - 6 Sep 1998

Director, Writer, Producer

Akira Kurosawa ( 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[note 1] 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".

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Filmography (37 titles)

(movie, 2016)
···The Magnificent Seven
Genre: Adventure, Action, Western
Role: Writer
(movie, 1999)
···雨あがる
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Writer
(movie, 1993)
···Madadayo
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1991)
···Hachi-gatsu no kyôshikyoku
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1990)
···Yume
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1990)
···Dreams
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Role: Director
(movie, 1985)
···Runaway Train
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Writer
(movie, 1985)
···Ran
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1980)
···影武者
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1975)
···Děrsu Uzala
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1975)
···Dersu Uzala
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1970)
···Tora! Tora! Tora!
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Role: Writer
(movie, 1970)
···Dodesukaden
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1965)
···Akahige
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1963)
···Tengoku to Jigoku
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1962)
···Tsubaki Sanjûrô
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1961)
···Yôjinbô
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1960)
···悪い奴ほどよく眠る
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1960)
···Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1958)
···Kakushi-toride no san-akunin
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1957)
···どん底
Genre: Drama, Foreign
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1957)
···蜘蛛巣城
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1957)
···Donzoko
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1957)
···Kumonosu-jô
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1954)
···Shichinin no samurai
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1952)
···生きる
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1952)
···Ikiru
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1951)
···Hakuchi
Genre: Drama, Foreign
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1950)
···Rashômon
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1950)
···Shûbun
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1949)
···Nora inu
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1948)
···Yoidore tenshi
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1947)
···Subarashiki nichiyōbi
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1947)
···Subarashiki nichiyôbi
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1944)
···Ichiban utsukushiku
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1943)
···Sugata Sanshirô
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Director