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Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa


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Seven Samurai:... Hailed as the greatest film in the history of Japanese cinema, Seven Samurai is... more info $49.95was $49.95 Buy Now

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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 ...


Kurosawa has seen several of his films remade in the West. His epic "Seven Samurai" (1954) was converted into John Sturges's popular Western, "The Magnificent Seven" (1960); "Rashomon" (1950) was "westernized" as "The Outrage" (1964) by director Martin Ritt; Italian director Sergio Leone unofficially borrowed the plot of "Yojimbo" (1961) for his "spaghetti Western" "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964) and George Lucas has acknowledged the influence of Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress" (1958) on his "Star Wars" trilogy.

"When I watch my movies I still find only a few parts which are truly film. I've never made a film where I though that from beginning to end, it was all a film. so i'm still hoping to make one." (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 10/2/1992)

Honored at the first London Film Festival together with John Ford, Rene Clair and Vittorio De Sica as the movie directors most contributiong to film and art in 1957.

Received the National Medal with Laurel (together with Charles Chaplin and John Ford) presented by President Tito of Yugoslavia (1973).

Decorated with the French Legion of Honor (c. 1982)

"Rashomon" honored as the "Golden Lion Among Golden Lions" by LA REPUBLICIA newspaper on the anniversary of the Venice Film Festival.

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