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Also Known As: Died: September 6, 1998
Born: March 23, 1910 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Japan Profession: Writer ...
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Director (feature film)

1.
Madadayo (1993) as Director
An aging college professor drops out of society to become a writer.
2.
Rhapsody In August (1991) as Director
The story reflects on the economic wars between the United States and Japan and the aftermath of the bombing of Nagasaki, by focusing on three generations of two related families: an American family of pineapple growers in Hawaii and a Japanese family living outside Nagasaki.
3.
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) as Director
In eight dream sequences, the great Japanese director explores his preoccupations with matters of life, death and art.
4.
Ran (1985) as Director
An aging lord's decision to retire brings out the worst in his sons.
5.
Kagemusha (1980) as Director
Japanese clansmen force a poor thief to impersonate their dead warlord.
6.
Dersu Uzala (1975) as Director
A Russian explorer brings the Asiatic hunter who saved his life back to civilization.
7.
Dodes'ka-Den (1971) as Director
Slum dwellers in Tokyo fight to survive while dreaming of better lives.
8.
I Live in Fear (1967) as Director
An elderly industrialist's fear of nuclear warfare leads his family to accuse him of insanity.
9.
Red Beard (1966) as Director
A tough doctor takes a young intern under his wing.
10.
The Idiot (1963) as Director
Upon Prince Myshkin's return to St. Petersburg from an asylum in Switzerland, he becomes beguiled by the lovely young Aglaya, daughter of a wealthy father. But his deepest emotion is for the wanton, Nastasia. The choices all are forced to make lead to great tragedy.
11.
High and Low (1963) as Director
Kidnappers mistake a chauffeur's son for the child of a wealthy businessman.
12.
The Bad Sleep Well (1963) as Director
A man seeks revenge by marrying the daughter of his father's enemy.
13.
The Lower Depths (1962) as Director
An elderly pilgrim tries to help the inhabitants of a Japanese flop house.
14.
Sanjuro (1962) as Director
A wandering samurai recruits younger fighters to help him battle corruption.
15.
Throne of Blood (1961) as Director
Spurred by his wife and a witch''s prediction, a samurai murders his lord to steal the throne.
16.
Yojimbo (1961) as Director
A samurai-for-hire sets the warring factions of a Japanese town against each other.
17.
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (1960)
In Kurosawa's HAMLET-like story of corporate scandal in post-war Japan, a young man attempts to use his position at the heart of a corrupt company to expose the men responsible for his father's death.
18.
The Hidden Fortress (1959) as Director
In medieval Japan, a samurai fights to sav a feudal lord's daughter from bandits.
19.
The Seven Samurai (1954) as Director
Japanese villagers hire a team of traveling samurai to defend them against a bandit attack.
20.
Ikiru (1952) as Director
A dying man devotes his last months to building a children's playground.
21.
Rashomon (1951) as Director
In medieval Japan, four people offer conflicting accounts of a rape and murder.
22.
Hakuchi (1951) as Director
A former mental patient's romantic involvements lead to tragedy.
23.
Scandal (1950) as Director
A tabloid report tries to turn a singing star's friendship with a young artist into an illiciet romance.
24.
Shubun (1950)
Ichiro Aoye, a young painter, encounters a famous singer, Miyako Saijo, while on holiday in the mountains. He gives her a ride and coincidentally stays at the same inn. A tabloid magazine specializing in scandals blows this encounter up into a huge falsehood designed to humiliate Miyako, who has been uncooperative with the press. Ichiro sues, but his lawyer, needing money for his sick daughter's treatment, accepts a bribe to throw the case.
25.
Shizukanaru naru ketto (1949) as Director
Kyoji Fujisaki, a young doctor, contracts syphilis from a patient during wartime surgery. After the war, he returns to his fiancTe and rejects her without explanation. His nurse Rui learns the truth, however. When Fujisaki encounters the man who had infected him in the war, the doctor forces the man to take responsibility for himself and for the man's wife, who expects a child.
26.
Stray Dog (1949) as Director
When a detective's gun is stolen, he tears apart the underworld to get it back.
27.
Stray Dog (1949) as Director
When a detective's gun is stolen, he tears apart the underworld to get it back.
28.
Drunken Angel (1948) as Director
An alcoholic doctor builds a shaky friendship with a dying gangster.
29.
One Wonderful Sunday (1947) as Director
An engaged couple tries to enjoy their Sunday holiday without spending any money.
30.
No Regrets for Youth (1946) as Director
A woman flees society after seeing her father and lover destroyed by government oppression.
31.
Asu o Tsukuru Hitobito (1946) as Director
Two sisters, one a dancer and the other a script supervisor at a big movie studio, become embroiled in union activities when a strike is called in sympathy with striking railroad workers, one of whom boards with the sisters and their parents. The girls' father argues with them about their strike, but finds his views changing when he himself loses his job.
32.
Sanshiro Sugata Part 2 (1945) as Director
A judo fighter continues his training to prove his superiority to foreign challengers.
33.
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945) as Director
In medieval Japan, a feudal lord undertakes a perilous mission to put his brother's soul to rest.
34.
The Most Beautiful (1944) as Director
Japanese women sacrifice everything for the war effort.
35.
Sugata Sanshiro (1943)
Sanshiro, a strong stubborn youth, comes to the city to apprentice at a jujitsu school. His first night, he sees Yano in action, a master of judo, a more spiritual art, and he begs to be Yano's student. As the youth learns technique, he must also learn "satori," the calm acceptance of Nature's law. If he can balance strength and control, then judo may become the training regimen for the city's police, Sanshiro can gain respect from an old teacher in a jujitsu school, and he can win the hand of Sayo, that teacher's daughter, who is also sought by jujitsu's finest master, the implacable Higaki, who vows to kill Sanshiro in a midnight fight on a windswept mountainside.
36.
Sanshiro Sugata (1943) as Director
A young man struggles to learn the ssence of the martial arts.
37.
Uma (1941) as 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
Ine Onoda, the eldest daughter of a poor family of farmers, raises a colt from birth and comes to love the horse dearly. When the horse is grown, the government orders it auctioned and sold to the army. Ine struggles to prevent the sale.

Cast (feature film)

38.
Kurosawa (2001) as Himself (Archival Footage)
Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest directors in the history of Japanese cinema, whose work was acclaimed throughout the world. From "Rashomon" (1950) through "Seven Samurai" (1954) to his late masterpiece "Ran" (1985), Kurosawa produced one of the most important and inf
39.
75 Years of Cinema Museum (1972) as Himself
The work of revered film preservationist Henri Langois, who is largely responsible for saving France's film heritage, is chronicled in this documentary. Langois and Georges Franju formed the Cinémathèque Française in 1936, and because of his work, French cinema survived World War II. When the Minist

Writer (feature film)

40.
Last Princess, The (2008)
A young, restless man, finds himself in the middle of territory wars.
41.
42.
Sea is Watching, The (2003) as Screenwriter
O-Shin is a young brothel worker who one night helps a young samurai escape from his pursuers. Against the warnings of her fellow workers, particularly Kikuno and the brothel's owner, O-Shin falls in love with the samurai.
43.
Kurosawa (2001) as Excerpts From Book ("Something Like An Autobiography")
Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest directors in the history of Japanese cinema, whose work was acclaimed throughout the world. From "Rashomon" (1950) through "Seven Samurai" (1954) to his late masterpiece "Ran" (1985), Kurosawa produced one of the most important and inf
44.
Dora-Heita (2000) as Screenwriter
Based on Shoguro Yamamoto's book "Diary of a Town Magistrate," about a samurai who poses as a drunken play-boy in order to weed out corruption in a small province.
45.
AFTER THE RAIN (1999) as Screenwriter
With the river in flood after heavy rains, a group of travellers is stranded at a small country inn. Among them are Ihei Misawa, a poor ronin (masterless samurai), and his wife, Tayo. As the rain continues, tensions rise among the guests at the inn, and Ihei takes it upon himself to cheer everyone u
46.
Last Man Standing (1996) as From Story
With its unpaved streets and rickety buildings, Jericho, Texas is an unlikely outpost for gun-toting mobs from Chicago. But with Prohibition in full swing, tweed-suited rum-runners have corrupted and terrorized this sleepy border town. Civil law is dead. Like their bosses in the Windy City, the leaders of Jericho's rival crime families are warring for control of a lucrative bounty of booze: truckloads of 100-proof, making their way from Mexico to a thirsty nation's illicit network of gin joints and speakeasies. Fatefully, a mysterious loner, Smith, passes through looking for a place to spend the night, but quickly decides to cash in on the action. He cleverly hires himself out to each gang while remaining loyal to no one but himself. A soldier-of-fortune with his own agenda, he betrays both sides to the other in a bold attempt to destroy the bootleggers and rescue what remains of Jericho's shell-shocked residents. But a traitor cannot live among mercenaries without being exposed and killed.
47.
Madadayo (1993) as Screenwriter
An aging college professor drops out of society to become a writer.
48.
Rhapsody In August (1991) as Screenwriter
The story reflects on the economic wars between the United States and Japan and the aftermath of the bombing of Nagasaki, by focusing on three generations of two related families: an American family of pineapple growers in Hawaii and a Japanese family living outside Nagasaki.
49.
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) as Screenwriter
In eight dream sequences, the great Japanese director explores his preoccupations with matters of life, death and art.
50.
Runaway Train (1985) as From Screenplay
Two escaped convicts are stranded on a train with no brakes and no conductor.
51.
Ran (1985) as Screenwriter
An aging lord's decision to retire brings out the worst in his sons.
52.
Battle Beyond The Stars (1980) as From Screenplay
A group of mercenaries from outer space is assembled to defend a peaceful planet when it is attacked by marauding aliens.
53.
Kagemusha (1980) as Screenwriter
Japanese clansmen force a poor thief to impersonate their dead warlord.
54.
Dersu Uzala (1975) as Screenwriter
A Russian explorer brings the Asiatic hunter who saved his life back to civilization.
55.
Dodes'ka-Den (1971) as Screenwriter
Slum dwellers in Tokyo fight to survive while dreaming of better lives.
56.
I Live in Fear (1967) as From Story
An elderly industrialist's fear of nuclear warfare leads his family to accuse him of insanity.
57.
I Live in Fear (1967) as Screenwriter
An elderly industrialist's fear of nuclear warfare leads his family to accuse him of insanity.
58.
Red Beard (1966) as Screenwriter
A tough doctor takes a young intern under his wing.
59.
Judo Saga (1965) as Screenwriter
The story of Sanshiro Sugata, a young man who wants to learn the new art of judo. A wise teacher reveals to Sanshiro that judo is not merely a means of combat nor a demonstration of physical skill, but an art which reveals the artist to himself.
60.
Saga of the Vagabonds (1964) as Screenwriter
Lord Taro must deliver a money chest but is robbed by brigands led by Jibu. One of Jibu's men, Rokuro, steals the money from Jibu, but after meeting and befriending Taro, Rokuro decides to return the money to Taro. But Taro's unscrupulous brother Jiro falsely accuse Taro of the theft, and Taro reactively joins the outlaw band and encourages them to steal from the nobles and give to the poor.
61.
The Idiot (1963) as Screenwriter
Upon Prince Myshkin's return to St. Petersburg from an asylum in Switzerland, he becomes beguiled by the lovely young Aglaya, daughter of a wealthy father. But his deepest emotion is for the wanton, Nastasia. The choices all are forced to make lead to great tragedy.
62.
The Bad Sleep Well (1963) as Screenwriter
A man seeks revenge by marrying the daughter of his father's enemy.
63.
High and Low (1963) as Screenwriter
Kidnappers mistake a chauffeur's son for the child of a wealthy businessman.
64.
The Lower Depths (1962) as Screenwriter
An elderly pilgrim tries to help the inhabitants of a Japanese flop house.
65.
Sanjuro (1962) as Screenwriter
A wandering samurai recruits younger fighters to help him battle corruption.
66.
Yojimbo (1961) as Screenwriter
A samurai-for-hire sets the warring factions of a Japanese town against each other.
67.
Throne of Blood (1961) as Screenwriter
Spurred by his wife and a witch''s prediction, a samurai murders his lord to steal the throne.
68.
The Hidden Fortress (1959) as From Story
In medieval Japan, a samurai fights to sav a feudal lord's daughter from bandits.
69.
The Hidden Fortress (1959) as Screenwriter
In medieval Japan, a samurai fights to sav a feudal lord's daughter from bandits.
70.
Sugata Sanshiro (1955) as Screenwriter
The story of Sanshiro Sugata, a young man who wants to learn the new art of judo. A wise teacher reveals to Sanshiro that judo is not merely a means of combat nor a demonstration of physical skill, but an art which reveals the artist to himself.
71.
The Seven Samurai (1954) as From Story
Japanese villagers hire a team of traveling samurai to defend them against a bandit attack.
72.
The Seven Samurai (1954) as Screenwriter
Japanese villagers hire a team of traveling samurai to defend them against a bandit attack.
73.
Ikiru (1952) as Story By
A dying man devotes his last months to building a children's playground.
74.
Sengoku burai (1952) as Screenwriter
Soldiers Hayatenosuke Sasa and Kagami Yaheiji leave their besieged castle on a secret mission into the enemy camp. Hayatenosuke has left behind his lover, Kano. In the camp, Hayatenosuke is wounded and cared for by Oryo, who falls in love with him. But when Hayatenosuke accidentally kills her father, he flees, with Oryo in pursuit. Subsequently, Hayatenosuke's comrade Yaheiji falls in love with Oryo. Kano, the lover left behind by Hayatenosuke, believes him dead, and becomes involved with another soldier, Jurota. When Jurota defects to the opposing army, he takes Kano with him. A double set of love triangles has developed, wherein each man and each woman loves one and is loved by another. Finally only combat and self-sacrifice can untangle the weave.
75.
Ikiru (1952) as Screenwriter
A dying man devotes his last months to building a children's playground.
76.
Rashomon (1951) as Screenwriter
In medieval Japan, four people offer conflicting accounts of a rape and murder.
77.
Hakuchi (1951) as Screenwriter
A former mental patient's romantic involvements lead to tragedy.
78.
Scandal (1950) as From Story
A tabloid report tries to turn a singing star's friendship with a young artist into an illiciet romance.
79.
Scandal (1950) as Screenwriter
A tabloid report tries to turn a singing star's friendship with a young artist into an illiciet romance.
80.
Akatsuki no dasso (1950) as Screenwriter
Mikami, a Japanese soldier serving in China, is captured by the Chinese. Although he is able to escape, his troubles are far from over. He returns to his unit but is treated with contempt for the disgrace of having been captured. Mikami falls in love with Harumi, a prostitute. She tries to convince him to desert from the army, with fatal results.
81.
Shizukanaru naru ketto (1949) as Screenwriter
Kyoji Fujisaki, a young doctor, contracts syphilis from a patient during wartime surgery. After the war, he returns to his fiancTe and rejects her without explanation. His nurse Rui learns the truth, however. When Fujisaki encounters the man who had infected him in the war, the doctor forces the man to take responsibility for himself and for the man's wife, who expects a child.
82.
Jakoman to Tetsu (1949) as Screenwriter
In a village subsisting on it herring fishery, a one-eyed criminal named Jakoman terrorizes the inhabitants. One of them, the son of the head of one of the fish companies by the name of Tetsu, decides to overthrow Jakoman and his cohorts.
83.
Stray Dog (1949) as Screenwriter
When a detective's gun is stolen, he tears apart the underworld to get it back.
84.
Stray Dog (1949) as Screenwriter
When a detective's gun is stolen, he tears apart the underworld to get it back.
85.
Drunken Angel (1948) as Screenwriter
An alcoholic doctor builds a shaky friendship with a dying gangster.
86.
One Wonderful Sunday (1947) as Screenwriter
An engaged couple tries to enjoy their Sunday holiday without spending any money.
87.
Ginrei no hate (1947) as Screenwriter
Three bank robbers, Eijima, Nojiri, and Takasugi, flee the police and escape into the mountains. At an inn high in the Japanese Alps, Eijima and Nojiri encounter a young woman and her father, as well as Honda, a mountaineer. The inn folk do not realize their guests are wanted criminals and the visitors are treated with great kindness. Honda volunteers to lead them over the mountains, but Eijima's paranoia endangers all of them as they make the perilous trip.
88.
No Regrets for Youth (1946) as Screenwriter
A woman flees society after seeing her father and lover destroyed by government oppression.
89.
Sanshiro Sugata Part 2 (1945) as Screenwriter
A judo fighter continues his training to prove his superiority to foreign challengers.
90.
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945) as Screenwriter
In medieval Japan, a feudal lord undertakes a perilous mission to put his brother's soul to rest.
91.
The Most Beautiful (1944) as From Story
Japanese women sacrifice everything for the war effort.
92.
The Most Beautiful (1944) as Screenwriter
Japanese women sacrifice everything for the war effort.
93.
Sanshiro Sugata (1943) as Screenwriter
A young man struggles to learn the ssence of the martial arts.
94.
Uma (1941) as Screenwriter
Ine Onoda, the eldest daughter of a poor family of farmers, raises a colt from birth and comes to love the horse dearly. When the horse is grown, the government orders it auctioned and sold to the army. Ine struggles to prevent the sale.

Producer (feature film)

95.
Kagemusha (1980) as Executive Producer
Japanese clansmen force a poor thief to impersonate their dead warlord.
96.
Dodes'ka-Den (1971) as Producer
Slum dwellers in Tokyo fight to survive while dreaming of better lives.
97.
The Bad Sleep Well (1963) as Producer
A man seeks revenge by marrying the daughter of his father's enemy.
98.
The Lower Depths (1962) as Producer
An elderly pilgrim tries to help the inhabitants of a Japanese flop house.
99.
Throne of Blood (1961) as Producer
Spurred by his wife and a witch''s prediction, a samurai murders his lord to steal the throne.
100.
The Hidden Fortress (1959) as Producer
In medieval Japan, a samurai fights to sav a feudal lord's daughter from bandits.

Editing (feature film)

101.
Ran (1985) as Editor
An aging lord's decision to retire brings out the worst in his sons.
102.
Sanjuro (1962) as Film Editor
A wandering samurai recruits younger fighters to help him battle corruption.
103.
Sanshiro Sugata (1943) as Editor
A young man struggles to learn the ssence of the martial arts.
104.
Uma (1941) as Editor
Ine Onoda, the eldest daughter of a poor family of farmers, raises a colt from birth and comes to love the horse dearly. When the horse is grown, the government orders it auctioned and sold to the army. Ine struggles to prevent the sale.

Assistant Direction (feature film)

105.
Uma (1941) as Assistant Director
Ine Onoda, the eldest daughter of a poor family of farmers, raises a colt from birth and comes to love the horse dearly. When the horse is grown, the government orders it auctioned and sold to the army. Ine struggles to prevent the sale.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

106.
A.K. (1986)
A portrait of director Akira Kurosawa's ethos and process. We not only observe the man behind the camera but also the action happening in front of it. In particular, here, we follow Kurosawa while filming his ambitious medieval Japanese take on Shakespeare's "King Lear".
107.
A.K. (1986)
A portrait of director Akira Kurosawa's ethos and process. We not only observe the man behind the camera but also the action happening in front of it. In particular, here, we follow Kurosawa while filming his ambitious medieval Japanese take on Shakespeare's "King Lear".

Cast (special)

108.
62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, The (1990)
Live coverage of the sixty-second annual Academy Awards ceremony from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Portions of the ceremony were beamed via satellite to Moscow, London, Tokyo, Sydney, and Buenos Aires.
109.
58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, The (1986) as Presenter
Live coverage of the fifty-eighth annual Academy Awards ceremony.

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