Category: Akira Kurosawa

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The most celebrated Japanese filmmaker of all time, Akira Kurosawa produced a staggering body of work that stands as a monument of artistic achievement. Though best known for samurai epics like Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, his intimate, contemporary-set dramas, such as Ikiru and High and Low, are just as searing. The first serious phase of the director’s career came during the postwar era with Drunken Angel and Stray Dog, striking noirs that marked the beginning of his long-running collaboration with explosive leading man Toshiro Mifune. In the early 1950s, Kurosawa achieved worldwide fame with Rashomon, a landmark in nonlinear storytelling that ignited international interest in Japanese cinema. In the years that followed, the auteur carried on a fruitful dialogue with the West, drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Dashiell Hammett and perfecting cinematic techniques that would prove influential to such disparate filmmakers as George Lucas and Sam Peckinpah. Kurosawa closed out his career with a string of late masterworks, including Ran and Dreams, epic ruminations on human nature that make visionary use of color.

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High and Low (1963), Akira Kurosawa

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Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)

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Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)

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Throne of Blood | Akira Kurosawa | 1956

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Akira Kurosawa, too ill to leave his home, had a letter recited at Toshiro Mifune’s funeral on December 24, 1997:

We were part of the golden age of Japanese cinema together. When I look back at each and every film, I couldn’t have made them without you. You gave so much of yourself. Thank you my friend. For one last time, over a bottle of sake, I would I could have told you all of this. Goodbye, my old friend. I will see you soon.

Akira Kurosawa would pass away less than a year later on September 6, 1998

Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa, Japan)

Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa, Japan)

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Stray Dog, 1949

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Throne of Blood | Akira Kurosawa | 1956