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  1. 1. By: Curtis Miller
  2. 2. “Unless you know every aspect and phase of the film-production process, you can’t be a moviedirector. A movie director is like a front-line commanding officer. He needs a thoroughknowledge of every branch of the service, and if he doesn’t command each division, he cannot command the whole.” - Akira Kurosawa-
  3. 3. BIOGRAPHY Born March 23, 1910 in Tokyo  Drunken Angel was his first Japan. personal expressive work (1948). Nicknames: The Emporer, Wind  His film Rashomon introduced Man. Japanese cinema to the western At over 6 ft. tall, he was culture (1950). extremely large by Japanese  Continued to direct films well standards. into his eighties. Started as a talented painter.  Died September 6, 1998 in Tokyo Enrolled in an art school which Japan. emphasized Western styles. Began directing career in 1930 as an assistant director to Kajiro Yamamoto.
  4. 4. FILM TECHNIQUES & TRADE MARKS Frequently used the “wipe effect” to fade from one scene to another. -This effect later became famous due to its usage in the Star Wars trilogy. Use of weather to heighten mood, especially rain. Known for doing Shakespearean plays in Feudal Japanese settings. Portrays female characters as either sweet but weak and submissive or deceitful, evil and conniving. Portrays driven characters who frequently end up failing in the goals but ultimately learn hard won life lessons.
  5. 5. MAJOR INFLUENCES First major influence is a teacher named Tachikawa. - Tachikawa emphasized strong art education for the young. - This was Kurosawa’s first introduction to art and film. His brother Heigo was another major influence. His love for film was handed down to Akira. - Heigo loved film; he was a film narrator/commentator for foreign silent films. - His suicide deeply affected Kurosawa’s sensibilities and outlook on life. Akira worshipped legendary American Director John Ford - This was Akira’s primary influence as a filmmaker.
  6. 6. TOP KUROSAWA FILMS Seven Samurai (1954)- Described as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.- The most technical, creative, and highest-grossing Japanese movie.- Winner of the Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival Ran (1985)- Kurosawa’s last epic film. Hailed for it’s powerful images and use of color.- The most expensive Japanese film ever produced at the time.- Nominated for the Academy Awards for art direction, cinematography, and costume design. Throne of Blood (1957)- Transposes the plot of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth to feudal Japan.- Won the Kinema Junpo and MainichiFilm Concours award for best actor and actress.
  7. 7. OTHER TOP KUROSAWA FILMS Kagemusha (1980) Rashomon (1950) Yojimbo (1961) Sanjuro (1962) Madadayo (1993) The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  8. 8. OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS Voted the 6th greatest director of all time by Entertainment weekly - This made him the only Asian on a list of 50 directors and the highest ranking non-American. Ranked #6 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The greatest directors ever” (2005) Made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture. Won an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1989.
  9. 9. RASHOMON TRAILER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCZ9TguVOIA
  10. 10. WORKS CITED “Akira Kurosawa School of Film.” Anaheim University. Anaheim University, 2012. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. <http://www.anaheim.edu/schools-and-institutes/akira- kurosawa-school-of-film/225-schools-institutes/akira-kurosawa- school-of-film/750-akira-kurosawa-biography>. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc., 2012. Web. 23 Mar. 2012. <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000041/bio>. Top 10 Akira Kurosawa Films. Japan Cinema, 2012. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. <http://japancinema.net/2010/11/13/top-10-akira- kurosawa-films/>.

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