History Creator / AkiraKurosawa

28th Sep '17 12:08:39 PM JulianLapostat
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Kurosawa passed away on September 6, 1998 at the age of 88.

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In 1990, Kurosawa received an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement at the 1990 [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward ceremony]]. Said award was presented to him by Creator/StevenSpielberg and Creator/GeorgeLucas and he accepted it in person. Kurosawa was the first Japanese, and first Asian, film-maker to receive the award. He passed away on September 6, 1998 at the age of 88.
28th Sep '17 11:54:35 AM JulianLapostat
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Born on March 23, 1910, Kurosawa is widely considered one of the best and most important directors of the 20th century, Kurosawa made films that were very influential on many American and European film directors. They include Creator/GeorgeLucas (the ''Franchise/StarWars'' series was heavily influenced by ''Film/TheHiddenFortress''), John Sturges (''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' is a direct remake of ''Seven Samurai'') and Creator/SergioLeone (''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' is a direct remake of ''Yojimbo''). His "Big Four" films (''Rashomon,'' ''Ikiru,'' ''Seven Samurai,'' and ''Ran'') are often -- if not always -- included in lists of the best films of all time.

Excepting ''Ikiru,'' all of his films from 1948's ''Drunken Angel'' to 1965's ''Film/RedBeard'' featured the actor Creator/ToshiroMifune. In 1965, the two had a falling out during the production of ''Red Beard'' and did not speak or see each other until a brief, tearful reunion in 1993. There were rumors that they [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have collaborated on Kurosawa's next film]] after his upcoming project ''Film/AfterTheRain,'' but they [[AuthorExistenceFailure both died within a year of each other,]] with Kurosawa dying before ''After the Rain'' began filming. There was another chance in 1975, as the Soviet producers originally wanted Mifune in the title role of ''Film/DersuUzala,'' but it was prevented largely by Mifune's schedule. After 1965, there were only a few times where one spoke ill of the other, but otherwise they thought of each other -- and their films together -- with high regard.

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Born on March 23, 1910, Kurosawa is widely considered one of the best and most important directors of the 20th century, century. ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'' became the first non-American and non-European film to become an international success and in film history, it is considered a watershed moment in the birth of what is considered world-cinema. Japan had a film industry that was already quite fecund and productive by TheFifties boasting many great films and film-makers from the silent to the sound era, and an active film culture. ''Rashomon'' wasn't the first Japanese film screened in the West (Teinosuke Kinugasa's ''A Page of Madness'' actually did circulate in the silent era in Europe, and Mikio Naruse's ''Wife! Be Like a Rose!'' also played in America) but it was the first to be critically acclaimed and popular, and within the wider culture, Kurosawa is still ''the'' Japanese film-maker.

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made films that were very influential on many American and European film directors. They include Creator/GeorgeLucas (the ''Franchise/StarWars'' series was heavily influenced by ''Film/TheHiddenFortress''), John Sturges (''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'' is a direct remake of ''Seven Samurai'') and Creator/SergioLeone (''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' is a direct remake of ''Yojimbo''). His "Big Four" films (''Rashomon,'' ''Ikiru,'' ''Seven Samurai,'' and ''Ran'') are often -- if not always -- routinely included in lists of the best films of all time.

time. Excepting ''Ikiru,'' all of his films from 1948's ''Drunken Angel'' to 1965's ''Film/RedBeard'' featured the actor Creator/ToshiroMifune. In 1965, the two had a falling out during the production of ''Red Beard'' and did not speak or see each other until a brief, tearful reunion in 1993. There were rumors that they [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have collaborated on Kurosawa's next film]] after his upcoming project ''Film/AfterTheRain,'' but they [[AuthorExistenceFailure both died within a year of each other,]] with Kurosawa dying before ''After the Rain'' began filming. There was another chance in 1975, as the Soviet producers originally wanted Mifune in the title role of ''Film/DersuUzala,'' but it was prevented largely by Mifune's schedule. After 1965, there were only a few times where one spoke ill of the other, but otherwise they thought of each other -- and their films together -- with high regard.



He was a notorious PrimaDonnaDirector, to the point where he earned the nickname "The Emperor".

Most of Kurosawa's earlier films subscribed to the Japanese virtues of teamwork and conformism. But many of his later films from the late Forties onwards into his golden age have been about rebels, misfits and nonconformists.

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He was a notorious PrimaDonnaDirector, to the point where he earned the nickname "Tenno" or "The Emperor".

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Emperor". Kurosawa's earlier films subscribed to personality and demeanor made him unpopular in the Japanese virtues of teamwork film industry, and conformism. But many his films were often divisive within Japan. Japanese critics often slammed Kurosawa for being "too Western" and they were not wrong. Kurosawa often drew inspiration from Creator/WilliamShakespeare and Creator/FyodorDostoevsky and he often admitted to being influenced by directors like Creator/FrankCapra and especially Creator/JohnFord (Kurosawa took his love for Ford to the extent of dressing like him on the set) and a number of his later films adapted American pulp fiction (''Yojimbo'' was based on ''Literature/RedHarvest'', ''High and Low'' adapted from Ed [=McBain=]). Kurosawa also differed from earlier Japanese film-makers (like Creator/KenjiMizoguchi and Creator/YasujiroOzu) for being [[RatedMForManly quite macho]] and having very few prominent female roles compared to his predecessors and the late Forties onwards general women-centric nature of Japanese cinema. Kurosawa also tended to write his own dialogues as he became more successful and rely less on screenwriters and Japanese critics often noted sardonically that his films improved in subtitles noting that to a Japanese audience, his movies often came off as sentimental, hokey, and as per Creator/YukioMishima having the maturity of a ten-year old.

Nonetheless Kurosawa's visual invention and creativity found public favour, and a number of his films had populist themes and subjects. The jidaigeki genre of HistoricalFiction had been seen as high art before Kurosawa, with strict attention to detail and setting, but Kurosawa was keen on introducing anachronistic elements, and contemporary sentiments
into period movies, making them allegorical and fantastic. For instance ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'' musical score adapts Maurice Ravel's ''Bolero'', his golden age have been about Samurai films drew inspiration from American Western, and he introduced the concept of adapting Shakespeare to feudal Japan which greatly inspired Shakespeare scholars and producers. Kurosawa's films often pivoted on the conflict between the young and the old, while taking the side of the rebels, misfits and nonconformists.
nonconformists, who voice criticism of the past. As Kurosawa grew older however, his vision darkened, culminating in ''Ran'' which is considered his bleakest and darkest film.
23rd Aug '17 5:09:25 PM dlchen145
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Akira Kurosawa (黒澤 明, 1910-1998) was a famous Japanese director, mainly known in the West for his samurai films, such as ''Film/SevenSamurai,'' ''Film/{{Ran}},'' and ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}.'' Other notable films include: ''Film/{{Rashomon}},'' ''Film/TheHiddenFortress,'' ''Film/ThroneOfBlood,'' ''Film/{{Ikiru}},'' ''Film/DersuUzala,'' and ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}.''

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Akira Kurosawa (黒澤 明, 1910-1998) 明, March 23, 1910 September 6, 1998) was a famous Japanese director, mainly known in the West for his samurai films, such as ''Film/SevenSamurai,'' ''Film/{{Ran}},'' and ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}.'' Other notable films include: ''Film/{{Rashomon}},'' ''Film/TheHiddenFortress,'' ''Film/ThroneOfBlood,'' ''Film/{{Ikiru}},'' ''Film/DersuUzala,'' and ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}.''
10th Jul '17 4:49:50 AM C2
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[[WhatCouldHaveBeen One of Kurosawa's disappointments was that he never was able to make a]] Franchise/{{Godzilla}} film, as Toho turned down his requests to do it, fearing that Kurosawa's epic style would completely demolish the usual budget of the franchise.

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[[WhatCouldHaveBeen One of Kurosawa's disappointments was that he never was able to make a]] Franchise/{{Godzilla}} ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' film, as Toho turned down his requests to do it, fearing that Kurosawa's epic style would completely demolish the usual budget of the franchise.
4th Apr '17 6:25:28 AM Wuz
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Akira Kurosawa (黒澤 明[, 1910-1998) was a famous Japanese director, mainly known in the West for his samurai films, such as ''Film/SevenSamurai,'' ''Film/{{Ran}},'' and ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}.'' Other notable films include: ''Film/{{Rashomon}},'' ''Film/TheHiddenFortress,'' ''Film/ThroneOfBlood,'' ''Film/{{Ikiru}},'' ''Film/DersuUzala,'' and ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}.''

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Akira Kurosawa (黒澤 明[, 明, 1910-1998) was a famous Japanese director, mainly known in the West for his samurai films, such as ''Film/SevenSamurai,'' ''Film/{{Ran}},'' and ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}.'' Other notable films include: ''Film/{{Rashomon}},'' ''Film/TheHiddenFortress,'' ''Film/ThroneOfBlood,'' ''Film/{{Ikiru}},'' ''Film/DersuUzala,'' and ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}.''
11th Feb '17 3:04:43 AM Saveelich
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Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) was a famous Japanese director, mainly known in the West for his samurai films, such as ''Film/SevenSamurai,'' ''Film/{{Ran}},'' and ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}.'' Other notable films include: ''Film/{{Rashomon}},'' ''Film/TheHiddenFortress,'' ''Film/ThroneOfBlood,'' ''Film/{{Ikiru}},'' ''Film/DersuUzala,'' and ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}.''

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Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) (黒澤 明[, 1910-1998) was a famous Japanese director, mainly known in the West for his samurai films, such as ''Film/SevenSamurai,'' ''Film/{{Ran}},'' and ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}.'' Other notable films include: ''Film/{{Rashomon}},'' ''Film/TheHiddenFortress,'' ''Film/ThroneOfBlood,'' ''Film/{{Ikiru}},'' ''Film/DersuUzala,'' and ''Film/{{Sanjuro}}.''
11th Feb '17 2:56:07 AM Saveelich
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20th Dec '16 8:42:55 AM jamespolk
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