Akira Kurosawa

Born: 23 March 1910, Omori, Tokyo
Died: 6 September 1998, Tokyo

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Highlighted works

  • RASHOMON

    RASHOMON

    Credited with bringing Japanese cinema to worldwide audiences, Akira Kurosawa’s breakthrough tells the story of a murder in the woods from four differing perspectives.

  • Ran

    Ran

    Made late in his career, the last of Akira Kurosawa’s great historical epics transposes the story of Shakespeare’s King Lear to feudal Japan.

  • SHICHININ NO SAMURAI

    SHICHININ NO SAMURAI

    Rice farmers hire a band of samurai to defend them against marauding bandits in Akira Kurosawa’s influential epic, a touchstone for action movies ever since.

  • IKIRU

    IKIRU

    This study of a terminally ill civil servant seeking meaning in his life is one of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s finest achievements.

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