Akira Kurosawa (1910–1998)


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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 & 25 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

(1958)
Ran Writer
(1985)
Kagemusha Writer
(1980)
Rashomon Writer
(1950)

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 Stray Dog (TV Movie) (based on a script by)
 2011 The Outrage (based on screenplay by)
 2008 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 I Went To (screenplay)
 1999 After the Rain (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 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 A Fistful of Dollars (screenplay "Yojimbo" - uncredited)
 1964 Jakoman to Tetsu (and earlier screenplay)
 1963 High and Low (screenplay)
 1962 Fencing Master (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 The Saga of the Vagabonds (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 I Live in Fear (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 Rashomon (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 The Portrait (writer)
 1948 Drunken Angel (written by)
 1947 Snow Trail
 1947 Four Love Stories (segment "Hatsukoi")
 1946 No Regrets for Our Youth (uncredited) / (screenplay)
 1945 The Admirable Ishin 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:

4 Biographical Movies | 15 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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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

When I start on a film I always have a number of ideas about my project. Then one of them begins to germinate, to sprout, and it is this which I take and work with. My films come from my need to say a particular thing at a particular time. The beginning of any film for me is this need to express something. It is to make it nurture and grow that I write my script- it is directing it that makes my ... See more »

Trivia:

Several of his films have been remade in America as westerns. Seven Samurai (1954) ("The Seven Samurai") was remade as The Magnificent Seven (1960), and Yojimbo (1961) ("The Bodyguard") was remade as A Fistful of Dollars (1964). In addition, The Hidden Fortress (1958) ("The Hidden Fortress") was a major inspiration for the "Star Wars" saga, which takes many inspirations from westerns and is often... See more »

Trademark:

In his color films, use of bold, painterly visuals See more »

Nickname:

The Emperor See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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