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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.
==Personal Life==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 planning 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 'Spaghetti Westerns'. Specifically, Seven Samurai was later filmed as The Magnificent Seven, whilst Yojimbo became the inspiration for A Fistful of Dollars.
Directed: *Stray Dog (1949) *Rashomon (1950) *Ikiru (1952)*Seven Samurai (1954)*Throne of Blood (1957)*Hidden Fortress (1958) *The Bad Sleep Well (1960) *Yojimbo (1961) *Sanjuro (1962)*High and Low (1963) *Red Beard (1965) *Kagemusha (1980)*Ran (1985)*Rhapsody in August (1991) ==AchievementsLinks==*[ Akira Kurosawa] at the Internet Movie Database {{DEFAULTSORT:Kurosawa, Akira}} [[Category:Directors]][[Category:Japanese People]]
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