Questions tagged [akira-kurosawa]

Akira Kurosawa (1910 – 1998), Japanese film director and screenwriter, known for films such as Rashomon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), Yojimbo (1961), Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985).

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In what ways was “Star Wars” influenced by “The Hidden Fortress”?

I've heard many times that George Lucas got some of his ideas for his 1977 movie Star Wars from Akira Kurosawa's movie The Hidden Fortress. I can see how Tahei and Matashichi could have (in some ways) ...
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Is the beard on Toshiro Mifune's samurari characters an exception?

I'm not sure whether, historically, Samurai - members of the Japanese warrior caste - were supposed to always be clean-shaven or not. But I seem to recall that Samurai characters in film are mostly ...
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Why was Kurosawa the first director to shoot the sun?

Akira Kurosawa is often credited as the first director to point his camera towards the sun in his film Rashomon (1950). Was this an artistic first, or was there some technical hurdle that Kurosawa was ...
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Did Kurosawa make so many Shakespeare-adaptations to avoid censorship?

Shortly after World War II the Americans did observe and censor the newly made movies in Japan. Did Kurosawa make that many Shakespeare-adaptations in that time, because it was easier to get them ...