Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa: Retirement and Resurgence

Throughout the 1950s, Akira Kurosawa was riding the high wave of critical and financial success. He was already one of the hottest directors in the world. The American film company 20th Century Fox was planning a huge military epic movie titled “Tora Tora Tora!”, this was planned to be a film depicting the attack on…

Akira Kurosawa: On the Golden age of the Japanese Cinema

Catching Lighting in a Bottle, Again After his success with Sanshiro Sugata Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明) began work on his second production The Most Beautiful. This would be a propaganda film about female factory workers. In order to get more realistic performances out of his actors and actresses, he had them live in the factory, eat…

The Director Akira Kurosawa: Early Life

A Legend Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明) is considered one of the greatest directors of all time. He is the director of such films as: The Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Yojimbo, Ran, and many many others. Over his career of over 50 years, he directed 30 films. His films have influenced nearly every director working today, including but…

“Ikiru”: Consequences of an Unexamined Life

Long before John Keating, Poets Society inspired us with the famous line “What will your verse be?”, we had a 50-year-old bureaucrat, who had lived a wasted life, faced death in six months, and asked the same question. In Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, our protagonist finds out that he has contracted stomach cancer, and this leads…

Seven Samurai: The Godfather of Action-Adventure Movies

Are you willing to fight 40 bandits, only for rice as compensation, with no other promises of reward, and a high possibility of being killed? Seven Samurai is written and directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. Seven Samurai tells the story of an old-timer samurai who decides to help a village of farmers to fight…