Akira Kurosawa was one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Spanning over 57 years, Kurosawa directed more than 30 films, beginning post the World War II days. Initially starting it off as an assistant director, it was in 1943 that Kurosawa made his debut as a director with the film ‘Sanshiro Sugata’.
Having established a reputation within the film industry, Kurosawa expanded his creative horizons further, and came up with his critically acclaimed film ‘Drunken Angel’. The film earned him the recognition of one of the most important young filmmakers in Japan. In 1950, Kurosawa’s popularity crossed international boundaries with the film ‘Rashomon’ that won him the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. What followed was a highly successful filmography that solidified his dominance over cinema internationally – be it ‘Ikiru’, ‘Seven Samurai’, ‘Throne of Blood’, ‘Yojimbo’, ‘Sanjuro’, Kagemusha’ and ‘Ran’.
However, not all films of Kurosawa did great at the box office. Movies like ‘The Idiot’ and ‘Rhapsody in August’ bombed at the box office. Nonetheless for his remarkable contribution to cinema, he was awarded with the prestigious Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was also named ‘Asian of the Century’ in the category of ‘Arts, Literature, and Culture’.