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Akira Kurosawa

Filmmaker
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Net worth 2018: $500,000
Industry: Miscellaneous
Residence: Shinagawa
Country: Japanese
BirthDay: 23 March 1910
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Died On: September 6, 1998
BIOGRAPHY

Akira Kurosawa was bornon 23 March 1910 in Shinagawa, Japanese, is Filmmaker. Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese filmmaker who is regarded as one of the most influential directors in the history of cinema. In a career spanning 57 years, he directed over 30 films. He is credited with bringing the Japanese film industry to Western markets and opened the doors for many Japanese and Asian directors to make a mark in the West. His journey from a modest director to an internationally acclaimed filmmaker is quite remarkable. Even though many Japanese directors found better acclaim and success in the West, his movies continue to entice film connoisseurs even today. The blend of art, history, philosophy and visual imagery brought his ideas alive on the screen. He also adapted many Western classics into films such as ‘Hakuchi’ (based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel), ‘Kumonosu-jo’ from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and ‘Donzoko’ from Maksim Gorky’s drama. His style of filmmaking was a far cry from the naturalistic trend of Japanese films of that time. Economic hardships never swayed his style and he continued to churn out timeless screenplays and moving pictures that have stood the test of time.

TIMELINE
1998

He died of a stroke on September 6, 1998, at the age of 88

1995

While wrapping up the post-production of ‘The Sea is Watching’ (1995), he broke the base of his spine after a nasty slip

1993

Madadayo’ (1993) would become the last film he would direct before ill health slowed him down and confined him to a wheelchair

1980

His success continued with ‘Kagemusha’ in 1980 and ‘Ran’ in 1985

1979

In 1979, it was voted the best Japanese film ever made in a poll by Japan’s leading critics

1975

Success eluded him for some time until 1975, when his film ‘Dersu Uzala’, a story about a Siberian hermit won him many accolades and put him back on the map

1970

His first Hollywood project ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’ was produced by 20th Century Fox and Kurosawa Productions, in 1970

1964

Many of his films have been remade into popular English films such as ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (1964) from ‘Yojimbo’ and ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960) based on the ‘Seven Samurai’

1960

He set up Kurosawa Productions in 1960 and made a number of entertainment films such as ‘Yojimbo’ (The Bodyguard) in 1961 and ‘Akahige’ (Red Beard) in 1965

1954

His greatest commercial success was ‘Shichinin No Samurai’ (Seven Samurai) in 1954

1950

‘Rashomon’ (1950), a period film became his first notable work winning him numerous accolades and acclaim

1948

His first major work, ‘Yoidore Tenshi’ (Drunken Angel) was released in 1948

1945

He and Yaguchi fell in love, despite their professional differences and constant fighting, and married on May 21, 1945

1944

He then directed ‘Ichiban Utsukushiku’ (The Most Beautiful) in 1944; the movie was about wartime female factory workers

1943

He made his debut as a director in 1943, with the film ‘Sanshiro Sugata’

1936

Akira Kurosawa began his career in 1936 as an assistant director at Photo Chemical Laboratories (known as P

1920

During the 1920s, Heigo became a narrator for silent films and thus, Kurosawa was exposed to films, theatre, and circus performances

1910

Akira Kurosawa was born on March 23, 1910, in Tokyo, Japan

1880

It was a story of Japanese judo masters of the 1880s and became a critical and commercial success

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