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Akira Kurosawa

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa

Profession: Film Director and Screenwriter


Biography: Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese filmmaker who was highly influential in the development of international cinema. He is best known for his samurai epics, such as Seven Samurai and Rashomon, and his samurai-noir masterpiece Yojimbo.

Kurosawa's films often deal with the themes of honor, loyalty, and morality, and his style is characterized by its strong sense of visual beauty and formal perfection.

Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa's films have influenced many Hollywood filmmakers including Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.

Born: March 23, 1910
Birthplace: Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Aries

Died: September 6, 1998 (aged 88)
Cause of Death: Stroke

Married Life

  • 1945-05-21 Director Akira Kurosawa (35) weds actress Yoko Yaguchi (23)

Historical Events

  • 1950-08-25 "Rashomon", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyō, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1952)
  • 1951-08-20 12th Venice Film Festival: "Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion
  • 1954-04-26 "Seven Samurai", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released
  • 1980-05-23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • 1990-03-26 Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa wins the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement