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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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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 ...