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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 66 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Hidden Fortress
(1958)
Ran
Ran Writer
(1985)
Kagemusha
Kagemusha Writer
(1980)
Seven Samurai
Seven Samurai Writer
(1954)

Filmography

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 2018 Her Spirit (Short) (inspired by the works of)
 2017 Nioh (Video Game) (based on original material by)
 2016 The Magnificent Seven (based on the screenplay by)
 2013 Norainu (TV Movie) (based on a script by)
 2011 U mong pa meung (based on screenplay by)
 2008 Kakushi toride no san akunin (original screenplay)
 2007 Tsubaki Sanjûrô (screenplay)
 2004 Samurai 7 (TV Series) (film "Shichinin no samurai" - 26 episodes)
- Ochiru! (2004) ... (film "Shichinin no samurai")
- Ueru! (2004) ... (film "Shichinin no samurai")
- Chigiru! (2004) ... (film "Shichinin no samurai")
- Usotsuki! (2004) ... (film "Shichinin no samurai")
- Tawake! (2004) ... (film "Shichinin no samurai")
 2002 The Sea Is Watching (original screenplay)
 2000 Dora-heita (screenplay)
 1999 Ame agaru (screenplay)
 1996 Last Man Standing (story)
 1993 Maadadayo (writer)
 1990 Dreams (written by)
 1986 Fame (TV Series) (based on the Japanese Daiei film "Rashomon" by - 1 episode)
- The Incident (1986) ... (based on the Japanese Daiei film "Rashomon" 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 Xue cheng (screenplay)
 1965 Sanshiro Sugata (1943 screenplay "Sugata Sanshiro" and 1945 screenplay "Zoku Sugata Sanshiro")
 1965 Red Beard (screenplay)
 1964 The Outrage (screenplay "Rashomon")
 1964 A Fistful of Dollars (screenplay "Yojimbo" - uncredited)
 1964 Jakoman to Tetsu (and earlier screenplay)
 1963 High and Low (screenplay)
 1962 Tateshi Danpei (1950 screenplay Tateshi danpei)
 1962 Sanjuro (screenplay)
 1961 Yojimbo (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 Ikimono no kiroku (story)
 1955 Asunaro monogatari (screenplay)
 1955 Kieta chutai
 1954 Seven Samurai (screenplay)
 1953 My Wonderful Yellow Car (screenplay)
 1952 Ikiru (written by)
 1951 The Idiot
 1950 Rashômon (screenplay)
 1950 Jiruba Tetsu
 1950 Scandal
 1949 Stray Dog (writer)
 1949 Jakoman and Tetsu (writer)
 1949 Jigoku no kifujin (writer)
 1949 The Quiet Duel (writer)
 1948 Shozo (writer)
 1948 Drunken Angel (written by)
 1947 Snow Trail
 1947 Yottsu no koi no monogatari (segment "Hatsukoi")
 1946 No Regrets for Our Youth (screenplay - uncredited)
 1945 Appare Isshin Tasuke (screenplay)
 1944 Dohyosai
 1943 Sanshiro Sugata (writer)
 1941 Uma (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His play, "Throne of Blood," was performed in an Oregon Shakespeare Festival production at the Angus Bowmer Theatre in Ashland, Oregon. Bill Rauch was artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 14 Print Biographies | 7 Interviews | 21 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Akira Kurosava | Kurosawa

Height:

5' 11½" (1.82 m)
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Personal Quote:

Regarding American cinema, I could say that much better films were made in the past. Today's American cinema provides the wrong service to the audience. Violence and car crashes are often seen. What pleasure is there in watching such scenes? Old American films expressed human problems quite well, but these days the American cinema has problems. There is no doubt that a film like Jurassic Park (... See more »

Trivia:

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

Trademark:

Use of weather to heighten mood, most obviously rain See more »

Nickname:

Wind Man See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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