Master Filmaker Akira Kurosawa

1250 WordsNov 25, 20055 Pages
"I believed at the time that for Japan to recover, it was important to place a high value on the self. I still believe this." - Akira Kurosawa As the first Japanese film director with international notoriety, Akira Kurosawa had a reputation as an artist and scholar that was tremendously admired. In addition he had remarkable stylistic influence on international filmmaking. Many who are interested in films or filmmaking are deeply impressed by the level of Kurosawa's vision and his numerous film achievements. Also, the universal themes of ethics; and the humanism of Akira Kurosawa's films made him a fantastic representation of Japan's cultural reshaping post World War II. Mr. Kurosawa's work is not confined by politics, age, or…show more content…
Yet, the essential messages are global and universal. Within the borders of his films the viewer will find man's struggle for fulfillment and self-perfection and the conflicts of good and evil. These are the foundation of this man's films. Kurosawa continually revisited these themes that are familiar to all of us. As a recognized master of film technique and storyteller for all peoples, Kurosawa stands apart from other Japanese filmmakers. Although these films were made for the Japanese audiences, his works have attained international notoriety and admiration. This has reinforced Kurosawa a master artist and philosopher. Two major films by Kurosawa are Ikiru and Seven Samurai the films were made back to back in 1952 and 1954, both appear on many critics' lists of 10 or 20 "finest films of all time." Though made by the same director and nearly the same time, the works are thoroughly different. Ikiru is a modern drama, an existential portrait of a single, unimportant, office worker facing death and obsessed with a purpose to give meaning to his life. Seven Samurai is an epic of tremendous sweep, with a huge cast of heroic characters wedged into action of enormous scope. When it was made, it nearly broke its production company and thoroughly exhausted its crew and actors. But still Seven Samurai offers many life lessons in addition to modern action film
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