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Kurosawa 

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Episode credited cast:
Akira Kurosawa ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Shepard ... Narrator (voice)
Paul Scofield ... Kurosawa (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Coburn ... Himself
Clint Eastwood ... Himself
Shinobu Hashimoto Shinobu Hashimoto ... Himself
Hiromichi Horikawa Hiromichi Horikawa ... Himself
Kon Ichikawa ... Himself
Shuichi Kato Shuichi Kato ... Himself
Masahiko Kumada Masahiko Kumada ... Himself
Hisao Kurosawa Hisao Kurosawa ... Himself
Kazuko Kurosawa Kazuko Kurosawa ... Herself
Machiko Kyô ... Herself
George Lucas ... Himself (archive footage)
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Himself
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UK | Japan | USA

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English

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21 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Kurosawa: A Documentary See more »

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BBC Arena, KQED, NHK See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Steven Spielberg: This year the Academy's Board of Governors have voted an Honorary Academy Award to a man who many of us believe is our greatest living filmmaker, and all of us know if one of the few true visionaries ever to work in our medium.
Narrator: In 1990, at the age of eighty the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa was given an honorary Oscar at the Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Akira Kurosawa: [in Japanese] I am deeply honoured to receive such a prestigious award. Thank you.
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All Style, Little Substance
1 December 2002 | by donaldgilbertSee all my reviews

How can a biography on Akira Kurosawa, who felt his life was devoted to the films he wrote and directed, and whose themes centered around the behavior and psychology of the characters, be justified when it fails to even mention 15 of his 32 movies, and does little more than allude to a few key periods in his life?

Writer/director, Adam Low, rather than offering substantive information on Kurosawa, felt it more important to provide about 30 minutes of facts and 90 minutes of stretched out long meaningless scenes, including several of modern-day Japan, it's technological advances (do we remember what digital tv/dvd corporations were promoted here?), modern day looks at surviving cast and crew, etc. It felt like a lazy, rushed project.

I would think that anyone that watches this documentary would want to walk away with some reasonable amount of insight to either his professional or personal life (if not both). It fails badly on both counts- I give this documentary 2/10 (or 1 out of 4 stars).


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