Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa is a Japanese movie director and screenwriter, regarded as one of the most influential and important figures in the history of cinema. He debuted his first directorial film Sanshiro Sugata in 1943, then directed over 20 more films in his 57-year career where most became a critical and commercial success. Some of his works include Ikiru, Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo. Kurosawa's film Rashomon that premiered in Tokyo, became the unexpected winner of the Golden Lion in the 1951 Venice Film Festival, and he received the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1990.

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