Did You Know?
It was my training in ink painting that really taught me how to see, and working in the film lab taught me the basics, the fundamental part of making pictures. When I first began making films, I never used a light meter. I had to judge with my eyes where to set the exposure. I didn't work with a light meter until "Rashomon."
At the age of 12, he began to study traditional Japanese ink painting. This contributed to his later mastery of black and white cinematography.