Director's Cut: A Tribute To Akira Kurosawa

AKIRA KUROSAWA (1910 - 1998)

Country: Tokyo, Japan
Date Of
Birth: 23 March 1910
Date Of Death: 6 Septem
ber 1998 - stroke

...His films are frequently copied and remade by American and European filmmakers.

...In December 1971, after a period of suffering from mental fatigue and frustrated with a run of unsatisfying and sub par directing work, Kurosawa attempted suicide by slashing his wrist thirty times with a razor. Fortunately, the wounds were not fatal and he made a full recovery.

...Kurosawa worshiped legendary American director John Ford, his primary influence as a filmmaker.

...According to his family, he rarely thought about anything other than films. Even when at home, he would sit around silently, apparently composing shots in his head.

Personal Quotes:
"Human beings share the same common problems. A film can only be understood if it depicts these properly."

"With a good script, a good director can produce a masterpiece. With the same script, a mediocre director can produce a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can't possibly make a good film. For truly cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water. The script must be something that has the power to do this."

"Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing."

* represents his more well-known works.
bold represents his universally recognized masterpieces.

Sugata Sanshiro (1943)
The Most Beautiful (1944)
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)
Zoku Sugata Sanshiro (1945)
No Regrets For Our Youth (1946)
One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
Drunken Angel (1948)
The Quiet Duel (1949)
Stray Dog (1949) *
Rashomon (1950) *

Scandal (1950)

The Idiot (1951)
Ikiru (1952) *
Seven Samurai (1954) *
I Live In Fear (1955)
The Lower Depths (1957)
Throne Of Blood (1957) *
The Hidden Fortress (1958) *
The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
Yojimbo (1961) *

Sanjuro (1962) *

High And Low (1963) *
Red Beard (1965) *
Clickety-Clack (1970) *
Dersu Uzala (1975) *
Kagemusha (1980) *
Ran (1985) *
Dreams (1990) *
Rhapsody in August (1991)
Madadayo (1993) *

Source: IMDB contributors


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