Profession: Film Director and Screenwriter
Why Famous: Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.
Kurosawa's films - which include Rashomon, Drunken Angel, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo - have influenced many Hollywood filmmakers including Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.
- 1945-05-21 Director Akira Kurosawa (35) weds actress Yoko Yaguchi (23)
- 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