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Akira Kurosawa: 10 essential films for the director's centenary

Akira Kurosawa: 10 essential films for the director's centenary Akira Kurosawa, the legendary Japanese director, was born 100 years ago today. He's already the subject of a Google doodle, now here's a guide to ten key Kurosawa movies, from classics such as Seven Samurai and Throne of Blood to late greats Ran and Dreams Ben Walters:

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A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies. "There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself." Taking his own words to heart, one can see that Akira Kurosawa was truly a filmmaking artist…His skill and ability to attune himself to the experience of making a film is highlighted in this essential 80 minute documentary…a masterclass in the art of cinema from one of its greatest artists.