Collection: Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa, 黒澤明

(March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and producer who directed 30 films in a career spanning fifty-seven years. He is regarded as one of the most important and influential film-makers in the history of cinema.

Akira Kurosawa is a world-famous film director in Japan. Over this half century, he has continuously presented masterpieces which deeply affect audiences through his insights into human nature; unshaken humanism; and powerful, and drastic expressions through all his works.

Kurosawa began his career as a painter, showing extraordinary talents. He chose to become a film director. Since his first film in 1943, Kurosawa has perfected topics that portray human characters who courageously fight adversities in life.

His representative works, “Ikiru”(To Live), and “Seven Samurais” both are salient in their portrayal of the noble and strong-willed characters who face severe challenges but choose to live bravely with their strong sense of righteousness, mission, and death-defying courage. His “Rashomon” became the first memorable Japanese film to attract worldwide attention. Kurosawa sought his material throughout the world, including Shakespeare, Dostoyevski, and even today’s American television dramas. But in each case, he transplanted them to a Japanese cultural environment and created dramas that pursued the essence of human nature.

Another characteristic of Kurosawa’s works is their original expressions. The scorching heat in the bush as shown in “Rashomon,” the pouring rain in the fighting scene of “Seven Samurai” are examples of often violent expressions which are related intimately with the theme. His abundant artistic talent as a painter allowed him to make effective uses of montages, and created a new aesthetic form with each new work, keeping the “Kurosawa” style at the vanguard of his art.

The fact that Kurosawa’s works have won many awards at international film festivals is evidence of his works worldwide esteem. Moreover, we should recognize that the powerful handing of themes and rich expressions in Kurosawa’s works have stimulated many other filmmakers in the world and greatly influenced the development of cinematography.

While his works contain such high artistic values, the primary charm of Kurosawa’s film is that never fail to fulfill the audience’s enjoyment of movies.

At 84, Kurosawa is still at the forefront, burning with his zeal to create films that open new territory. Kurosawa is at the pinnacle of 20th Century cinematography and is the most befitting recipient of the 1994 Kyoto Prize in Creative Arts and Moral Sciences.

(Source: Kyoto Price Organization)

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  • "Yojimbo", Original Re-Release Japanese Movie Poster 1976, Akira Kurosawa, B2 Size
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  • "Ran", Original Release Japanese Movie Poster 1985, Akira Kurosawa, B2 Size
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  • "The Hidden Fortress", Original Re-Release Movie Poster 1978, Akira Kurosawa, B2 Size
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  • "Dodes'ka-den" Akira Kurosawa Movie Poster, Original Release 1970, B2 Size
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  • "Rashomon", Original Re-Release Japanese Movie Poster 1962, B2 SizeSize
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  • "Dreams", Original Release Japanese Movie Poster 1990, B2 Size
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  • "Seven Samurai", Original Re-Release Japanese Movie Poster 1975, B2 Size
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  • "Ran", Original Release Japanese Movie Poster 1985, Akira Kurosawa, B2 Size
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  • "Ran", Original Release Japanese B1 poster, B5 Chirashi and Pamphlet, 1985
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  • "Seven Samurai", Original Release Japanese Movie Poster 1954, EXTREMELY RARE, Backed B2 Size
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  • "High and Low", Original Re-Release HUGE and VERY RARE B0 Size Japanese Poster 1977, Akira Kurosawa
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  • "Sanjuro", Original Re-Release Japanese Movie Poster 1976, B2 Size
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  • "Kagemusha", Original Release Japanese Movie Poster 1980, Rare, Large Teaser Size (19" X 40")
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  • "Kagemusha", Original Release Japanese Movie Poster 1980, Akira Kurosawa, B2 Size
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  • "Dodes'ka-den", Original Laser Disc Release Japanese Movie Poster 1993, B2 Size (51 x 73cm)
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  • "Dreams", Original Release French Movie Poster 1990, Rare, Extra-Large French Size
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  • "Dodes'ka-den", Original Release Japanese Speed Poster 1970, Speed Poster
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  • "Seven Samurai", Original First Release Japanese Movie Poster 1954, Ultra Rare, Linen-Backed, B2 (500 x 707mm / 19.7 x 27.8 inches)
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  • "Seven Samurai", Original First Release Japanese Movie Poster 1954 Ultra Rare, Regional Style, Linen-Backed, B3 Size (17.5" X 25")
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  • "Seven Samurai", Original First Release Japanese Movie TEASER Poster 1954 Ultra Rare, Linen-Backed, B2 (500 x 707mm / 19.7 x 27.8 inches)
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  • "Dersu Uzala", Original Release Japanese Movie Poster 1975, Akira Kurosawa, B2 Size
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  • "Throne of Blood 蜘蛛巣城", Akira Kurosawa, Original Release Movie Poster 1957, VERY RARE, B2 Size
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  • "Seven Samurai", Original Re-Release Japanese Movie Poster 1967, Akira Kurosawa, B2 Size
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  • "Dodes'ka-den", Original Release Japanese Movie Poster 1970, Ultra Rare, STB Size 20x57" (51x145cm)
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