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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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Stereo

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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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Fantastic look into a fantastic director's life.
21 February 2013 | by WakenPayneSee all my reviews

This is basically a 2 hour retelling of the life's work of Akira Kurosawa. Who I think has had a bigger impact on cinema than anybody else I have ever seen. This is not only insightful into his life, but a little bit of advertising, mainly because I wanted to see movies like Dodeska-Dan (which bombed on first release).

I really enjoyed this one. Especially when talking about the bad things that happened in his life. You really do feel sorry for the guy when hearing about some of the stuff that happened. Stuff like the earthquake in the 1920's (which made me want to watch Kagemusha when it referred back to the quake).

If you have the slightest interest in Kurosawa then please watch this documentary. You will not have your time wasted.


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