Akira Kurosawa

  • Hisao Kurosawa – A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies (2000)

    1991-2000Akira KurosawaArthouseDocumentaryHisao KurosawaJapan


    A Documentary in 10 parts covering the filmmaking of Kurosawa around the theme of making the perfect movie or as he says: A Beautyful Movie.

    Kurosawa on filmmaking.

    Chapter 1 – The seed of a film
    Chapter 2 – Screenplays
    Chapter 3 – Storyboards
    Chapter 4 – Filming
    Chapter 5 – Lighting
    Chapter 6 – Production design
    Chapter 7 – Costumes
    Chapter 8 – Editing
    Chapter 9 – Music
    Chapter 10 – Directing
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  • Akira Kurosawa – Something Like An Autobiography (1983)

    1981-1990Akira KurosawaBooksJapan

    Something Like an Autobiography
    by Akira Kurosawa

    Published by Vintage | 1983 | 205 pages


    Among Japanese film makers, no one is perhaps as universally known as Akira Kurosawa.

    “Something like an Autobiography” is an account of the legendary director’s early life. It is only a partial account, encompassing his childhood, adolescenct years, the early years of his film career, up to the point of Rashomon. Nonetheless, the book benefits anyone keen for understanding the man behind such remarkable films as Seven Samurai, Ikiru, Rashomon, and Dersu Uzala among others. Kurosawa’s films were – Stuart Galbraith IV writes in the introduction to his book “The Emperor and the Wolf” – first and foremost, deeply humanist pictures, films which effortlessly transcend cultures and centuries. Something like an Autobiography helps one understand the evolution of the artist Kurosawa, the influences that shaped his vision.Read More »

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