Painting accepted by Nitten exhibition
Joined Japan's Proletarian Artists' League in order to study new art movements
Left Artists' League
Answered newspaper ad and was hired by Photo Chemical Laboratory (later Toho Motion Picture Company) as assistant director, worked with mentor Kajiro Yamamoto
Worked way up with Yamamoto's crew from third assistant to chief assistant and B-group second unit director at PCL; also learned editing and dubbing techniques
First screenplay published, "A German at the Daruma Temple"
Wrote seven scripts that won awards but were not filmed and were often censored
Film directing debut with "Sugata Sanshiro/Sanshiro Sugata"
Made first film starring Toshiro Mifune, "Yoidore Tenshi/Drunken Angel"
Directed a film, "Rashomon", which received widespread international acclaim not only for his own films but for much of Japanese cinema as a whole
Gave first press conference; formed, Kurosawa Productions, first independent company run by working director
Co-founded Film Art Association/Eiga Geijutsu Kyokai
Co-founded independent production company, "Yonki no Kai/The Four Musketeers" in the late 1960s
Joseph E. Levine of Embassy Pictures announced the upcoming production of Kurosawa's screenplay "Runaway Train"; differences between Levine and Kurosawa Productions' producer Tetsuro Aoyagi brought project to halt; film was finally made by director Andrei Konchalovsky, working from a re-written version of Kurosawa's original in 1985
Shot first color picture as director, "Dodes'ka-den", in 28 days
Hospitalized in ill health, attempted suicide on December 22
Directed "Dersu Uzala"; received Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award
Traveled to USA; foreign rights to "Kagemusha" bought by 2Oth-Century Fox
Helmed "Ran", inspired by Shakespeare's "Macbeth"; nominated for four Oscars including Best Director
Subject of Chris Marker's documentary "AK: Portrait of Akira Kurosawa"
Scripted "Runaway Train", directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
Made Fellow of British Film institute
Awarded honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement
Wrote and directed "Akira Kurosawa's Dreams"
Helmed "Rhapsody in August", featuring Richard Gere; also scripted
Final film, "Madadayo"; released in USA in 2000