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Director's Research - Akira Kurosawa

            Akira Kurosawa, born 23rd of March in 1910, was a renowned Japanese film director, screenwriter, producer and editor. Without a doubt, Kurosawa is regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmaker of all time in the history of cinema. Making nine films in Japan before the wide spread, he built himself into a major force and factor in the success of the international cinema. Some of his most recognized films are Rashomon (1950), Throne of Blood (1956) and Ran (1956); his work not only proliferated the talents and culture of Japan at times of difficulties, but also vibrated passion and dreams for young moviemakers all around the globe. .
             Kurosawa's films often examines and delves into questions and topics such as subjectivity of truth and perception, which allowed his film to be in a format that is approachable on a universal scale and appeal; through his interest in these subjects, Kurosawa developed a unique style that told the story with new elements. This was not the only factor that proliferated his films in to Western cinema, his films often featured Western components and literature; such films as Throne of Blood and Ran features the story of Shakespeare's Macbeth and King Lear, essentially Kurosawa created versions of the Western classics with Japanese components, while exploring truth and perception simultaneously. Other films such as Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky and The Idiot by Fedor Dostoevsky's plot were transformed into Japanese forms, creating a cross-cultural experience and stimulation. Kurosawa's original screenplay became instant classics, allowing renowned western directors such as Martin Ritt, John Sturgess and George Lucas to draw inspiration and to base their films on those of Kurosawa's; for example, Kurosawa's earlier work included an elaborate amount of battle scenes, which required high speed and skilled tracking shots, his mastery in technical virtuosity when it comes to action sequences inspired young western film makers to produce franchise such as Star Wars and Classics such as A Fistful of Dollars and Last Man Standing.

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