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Akira Kurosawa (1910–1998)


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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 67 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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  The Magnificent Seven (based on the screenplay by) (announced)
 2013 Stray Dog (TV Movie) (based on a script by)
 2008 Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess (original screenplay)
 2007 Tsubaki Sanjûrô (screenplay)
 2004 Samurai 7 (TV Series) (film "Shichinin no samurai" - 26 episodes)
- The Last Battle (2004) ... (film "Shichinin no samurai")
- The Era's End (2004) ... (film "Shichinin no samurai")
- The Oaths (2004) ... (film "Shichinin no samurai")
- The Lies (2004) ... (film "Shichinin no samurai")
- The Rescue (2004) ... (film "Shichinin no samurai")
 2002 The Sea Is Watching (original screenplay)
 2000 Dora-heita (screenplay)
 1999 After the Rain (screenplay)
 1996 Last Man Standing (story)
 1993 Madadayo (writer)
 1990 Dreams (written by)
 1985 Runaway Train (based on a screenplay by)
 1985 Ran (screenplay)
 1980 Kagemusha
 1975 Dersu Uzala (screenplay - as Akira Kurosava)
 1973 Nora inu (1949 screenplay)
 1970 Dodes'ka-den (screenplay)
 1970 Tora! Tora! Tora! (Japanese sequences - uncredited)
 1968 The Last Day of Hsianyang (screenplay)
 1965 Sanshiro Sugata (1943 screenplay "Sugata Sanshiro" and 1945 screenplay "Zoku Sugata Sanshiro")
 1965 Red Beard (screenplay)
 1964 The Outrage (screenplay "Rashomon")
 1964 Jakoman to Tetsu (and earlier screenplay)
 1963 High and Low (screenplay)
 1962 Fencing Master (1950 screenplay Tateshi danpei)
 1962 Sanjuro (screenplay)
 1961 Yôjinbô (screenplay) / (story)
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Rashomon (1960) ... (teleplay)
 1960 The Magnificent Seven (screenplay "Shichinin no samurai" - uncredited)
 1960 The Bad Sleep Well (written by)
 1959 Sengoku gunto-den (writer)
 1958 The Hidden Fortress (written by)
 1957 Nichiro sensô shôri no hishi: Tekichû ôdan sanbyaku-ri (earlier screenplay "Techiku odan sanbyaku ri") / (screenplay)
 1957 Throne of Blood (screenplay)
 1955 Asunaro monogatari (screenplay)
 1955 Kieta chutai
 1954 Seven Samurai (screenplay)
 1953 Fukeyo haru kaze (writer)
 1952 Ikiru (written by)
 1952 Sengoku burai
 1951 Hakuchi
 1950 Rashomon (screenplay)
 1950 Jiruba Tetsu
 1950 Shûbun
 1949 Stray Dog (writer)
 1949 Jakoman to Tetsu (writer)
 1949 Jigoku no kifujin (writer)
 1949 Shizukanaru kettô (writer)
 1948 The Portrait (writer)
 1948 Drunken Angel (written by)
 1947 Four Love Stories (segment "Hatsukoi")
 1946 No Regrets for Our Youth (uncredited)
 1944 Dohyosai
 1943 Sanshiro Sugata (writer)
 1941 Uma (uncredited)
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Other Works:

(Book) "Something Like an Autobiography"

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 14 Print Biographies | 7 Interviews | 19 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Akira Kurosava | Kurosawa

Height:

5' 11½" (1.82 m)
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Personal Quote:

It is quite enough if a human being has but one field where he is strong. If a human being were strong in every field it wouldn't be nice for other people, would it? See more »

Trivia:

He was voted the 6th greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, making him one among only two Asians along with Satyajit Ray (who is ranked in 25th position) on a list of 50 directors and the highest ranking non-American. See more »

Trademark:

His signature look on set: dark clothes, floppy hat and sunglasses See more »

Nickname:

Wind Man See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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