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Akira Kurosawa

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[[Image:Akira Kurosawa.jpg|right|thumb|On the set of '''Ran''' in 1985]]
'''Akira Kurosawa''' Akira Kurosawa (Kyūjitai: 黒澤 明, Shinjitai: 黒沢 明, Kurosawa Akira, 23 March 1910—6 September 1998) was a prominent [[Japanese]] film director, film producer, and screenwriter. His first credited film (Sugata Sanshiro) was released in 1943; his last (Madadayo) in 1993.
His film Ran is said to have been based on [[William Shakespeare]] play [[King Lear]] although Kurosawa himself said that he only became aware of the similarities after planing for the film had started. Throne of Blood was based on [[Macbeth]]. Hidden Fortress was later credited by [[George Lucas]] as being the inspiration for his first [[Star Wars]] film [[Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope]].
Additionally several of his films were later remade as the so called Spaghetti Westerns. Specifically Seven Samurai was later filmed as The Magnificent Seven whilst Yojimbo became the inspiration for A Fistful of Dollars
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