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Kurosawa 

TV-G | | Music | Episode aired 21 March 2002
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Episode credited cast:
Akira Kurosawa ... Self (archive footage)
Sam Shepard ... Narrator (voice)
Paul Scofield ... Kurosawa (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Coburn ... Self
Clint Eastwood ... Self
Shinobu Hashimoto Shinobu Hashimoto ... Self
Hiromichi Horikawa Hiromichi Horikawa ... Self
Kon Ichikawa ... Self
Shuichi Kato Shuichi Kato ... Self
Masahiko Kumada Masahiko Kumada ... Self
Hisao Kurosawa Hisao Kurosawa ... Self
Kazuko Kurosawa Kazuko Kurosawa ... Self
Machiko Kyô ... Self
George Lucas ... Self (archive footage)
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Self

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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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21 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Kurosawa: A Documentary See more »

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