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Akira Kurosawa - March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years.
Francois Truffaut: French New Wave director, film critic and theorist.
"For a director, each work he completes is like a whole lifetime. I have lived many whole lifetimes with the films I have made, and I have experienced a different life-style with each one as well. Within each film I have become one with many different kinds of people, and I have lived their lives. For this reason, in order to prepare for the making of a new film, it requires a tremendous effort to forget the people in the film that went before." — Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa (1910–1998), was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, proucer and editor. He directed a number of highly regarded films such as Shanshiro Sugata, Drunken Angel, Rashomon, The Idiot, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Sanjuro, Yojimbo, Dodesukaden, and Dersu Uzala. After the mid-1960s, he became much less prolific, but his later work, including his final two epics, Kagemusha and Ran, continued to win awards, including the Palme d'Or for Kagemusha, though more often abroad than in Japan.