Photo of Akira Kurosawa Akira Kurosawa

World-renowned director Akira Kurosawa was born March 23, 1910, in Tokyo. After art training, he apprenticed at a film studio in 1936 and began directing during the war years. It was in the postwar period that his movies began to be hailed as masterpieces of action, insight and style in the West.

Rashomon (1950) was awarded the Best Foreign Film Oscar, and four years later, the international success of The Seven Samurai propelled Kurosawa to the forefront of filmmaking giants for decades to come. These and his subsequent movies have inspired numerous Hollywood remakes and imitations, the most famous example being 1960's The Magnificent Seven, a Western version of The Seven Samurai.

Kurosawa's later works include Yojimbo (1961), Dersu Uzala (1975), Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985). He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1990 and died in Tokyo on Sept. 6, 1998.

Akira Kurosawa in Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

1954 NR

Akira Kurosawa's heroic tale of honor and duty begins with master samurai Kambei posing as a monk to save a kidnapped child. Impressed by his bravery, a group of farmers begs him to defend their village from encroaching bandits.

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