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Kurosawa's Early Life (04:29)


Akira Kurosawa was born in 1910 to a family that descends from prominent samurais dating back to the 11th century. Kurosawa moved in with his brother Heigo after school; Heigo committed suicide in 1933. Kurosawa moved back home and got a job at a film studio.

Kurosawa's First Films (06:58)

Kurosawa spent six years as an assistant director before directing his first movie, "Sanshiro Sugata." He then directed "The Most Beautiful," starring Yoko Yaguchi, the woman he later married. Other films include: "Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two," "The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail," "No Regrets for our Youth," and One "Wonderful Sunday." (Credits)

Partnership with Toshira Mifune (06:16)

Kurosawa partnered with Mifune on "Drunken Angel" in 1948. Other films include: "The Quiet Duel," "Stray Dog," "Takashi Shimura," "Scandal," and "Rashomon." "Rashomon" won The Golden Lion award.

Films from Literature (03:43)

Kurosawa made films from some of his favorite literary works. "The Idiot" is based on a novel with the same name written by Fyodor Dostoevsky. "Ikiru" is based on Leo Tolstoy’s "Ivan Ilyich." (Credits)

Action and Dark Films (06:11)

Kurosawa directed "Seven Samurai," and invented "guerilla filmmaking" with three cameras on every take. Kurosawa directed "I Live in Fear" in 1955, "Throne of Blood" in 1957, and "The Lower Depths" in 1957.

Samurai Films (06:48)

Kurosawa directed "The Hidden Fortress" in 1958 which later inspired the creation of "Star Wars." Kurosawa made "The Bad Sleep Well," "Yojimbo," "Sanjuro," and the sequel to "Yojimbo." (Credits)

Split from Mifune (03:05)

Kurosawa directed "High and Low" in 1963 and "Red Beard" in 1965. After "Red Beard," Mifune and Kurosawa parted ways. Kurosawa helped make "Tora! Tora! Tora!" but was forced to leave.

Depression to Success (04:39)

In 1970, Kurosawa directed his first film in color, "Dodes’ka-den." He attempted suicide by slitting his wrists. Kurosawa was offered a director's position on "Dersu Uzala." George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola funded "Kagemusha."

Kurosawa's Final Films (03:38)

Akira Kurosawa’s last films include "Ran," "Dreams," "Rhapsody in August," and "Madadayo." Many films have been made based on Kurosawa’s work including, "The Magnificent Seven," "A Fistful of Dollars" and "Star Wars."

Credits: Akia Kurosawa (00:37)

Credits: Akira Kurosawa

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The legendary filmmaker from Japan, Akira Kurosawa, was the creator Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood and Ran. 

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: EDP163001

ISBN: 978-1-64481-260-0

Copyright date: ©2018

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