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A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Making Of His Classic Film Kagemusha As Well As A Film Retrospective And His Plans For The Future, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1979, 1 Hour 8 Minutes) #AkiraKurosawaFilmDirector #AkiraKurosawa #KurosawaAkira #Directors #FilmDirectors #Filmmakers #Screenwriters #Geniuses #Movies #Film #MotionPictures #Cinema #JapaneseCinema #CinemaOfJapan #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
This unique NHK documentary, narrated in English with English subtitles, takes the opportunity of the making of Kurosawa's film Kagemusha to record the great director while working on set and giving directions to his cast and crew, and reviews his life, his film successes and his plans for future films.
Akira Kurosawa, Japanese film director, producer, and screenwriter (March 23, 1910 - September 6, 1998) was born in Oimachi in the Omori district of Tokyo. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, he directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. Following a brief stint as a painter, a talent which helped him throughout his film career, he spent years of working on numerous films as an assistant director and scriptwriter. He made his debut as a director during World War II with the popular action film Sanshiro Sugata (a.k.a. Judo Saga). After the war, the critically acclaimed Drunken Angel (1948), in which Kurosawa cast then-unknown actor Toshiro Mifune in a starring role, cemented the director' reputation as one of the most important young filmmakers in Japan. The two men would go on to collaborate on another 15 films. Rashomon, which premiered in Tokyo, became the surprise winner of the Golden Lion at the 1952 Venice Film Festival. The commercial and critical success of that film opened up Western film markets for the first time to the products of the Japanese film industry, which in turn led to international recognition for other Japanese filmmakers. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, Kurosawa directed approximately a film a year, including a number of highly regarded (and often adapted) films, such as Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961). After the 1960s, he became much less prolific, though his later work: including his final two epics, Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985): continued to win awards though more often abroad than in Japan. In 1990, he accepted the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Akira Kurosawa died of a stroke in Setagaya, Tokyo, at the age of 88.