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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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1928:
Painting accepted by Nitten exhibition
1929:
Joined Japan's Proletarian Artists' League in order to study new art movements
1932:
Left Artists' League
1936:
Answered newspaper ad and was hired by Photo Chemical Laboratory (later Toho Motion Picture Company) as assistant director, worked with mentor Kajiro Yamamoto
1936:
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
1941:
First screenplay published, "A German at the Daruma Temple"
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Wrote seven scripts that won awards but were not filmed and were often censored
1943:
Film directing debut with "Sugata Sanshiro/Sanshiro Sugata"
1948:
Made first film starring Toshiro Mifune, "Yoidore Tenshi/Drunken Angel"
1950:
Directed a film, "Rashomon", which received widespread international acclaim not only for his own films but for much of Japanese cinema as a whole
1959:
Gave first press conference; formed, Kurosawa Productions, first independent company run by working director
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Co-founded Film Art Association/Eiga Geijutsu Kyokai
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Co-founded independent production company, "Yonki no Kai/The Four Musketeers" in the late 1960s
1966:
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
1970:
Shot first color picture as director, "Dodes'ka-den", in 28 days
1971:
Hospitalized in ill health, attempted suicide on December 22
1975:
Directed "Dersu Uzala"; received Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award
1978:
Traveled to USA; foreign rights to "Kagemusha" bought by 2Oth-Century Fox
1985:
Helmed "Ran", inspired by Shakespeare's "Macbeth"; nominated for four Oscars including Best Director
1985:
Subject of Chris Marker's documentary "AK: Portrait of Akira Kurosawa"
1985:
Scripted "Runaway Train", directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
1986:
Made Fellow of British Film institute
1989:
Awarded honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement
1990:
Wrote and directed "Akira Kurosawa's Dreams"
1991:
Helmed "Rhapsody in August", featuring Richard Gere; also scripted
1993:
Final film, "Madadayo"; released in USA in 2000

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