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Akira Kurosawa
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    (March 23, 1910-September 6, 1998)
    Directed 'Rashomon,' 'Ikiru,' 'The Seven Samurai,' 'Yojimbo,' 'The Hidden Fortress,' 'High and Low' and 'Ran'
    He was unable to earn a living as a painter.
    Many of his films feature Samurai warriors.
    He cast Toshiro Mifune in his films up until 1965, when they feuded.
    He attempted suicide after some career failures in the 60s and 70s.
    His film 'Rashomon' inspired one of the biggest (if not worst) sitcom clichés in history (same story retold from different perspectives).
    He did a Suntory Whiskey commercials.
    He often yells at his crew.
    He had the studio finance a large set for 'Red Beard' and then only use a tiny portion of it, primarily for the opening credits.
    He wrote and produced many of his films.
    'Rashomon' became the first Japanese film widely shown in the West.
    Characters in 'The Hidden Fortress' were the inspiration for R2D2 and C3PO in 'Star Wars.'
    He successfully translated Shakespeare into the Japanese Samurai format with 'The Throne Of Blood'(MacBeth) and 'Ran'(King Lear).
    Despite being legally blind while filming 'Ran,' the film was hailed for its brilliant use of color.
    His films are frequently copied and remade by American and European filmmakers.
    He is considered on of the great filmmakers, certainly the greatest Japanese director.
    In 1989, he was presented with an honorary Academy Award for his life work.
    He has directed some of the cinema's greatest films.
    His older brother, who taught him much about movies, committed suicide.
    He is a talented editor and edits his own films.
    He received an Honorary Oscar.
    Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura were most proud of the films they made for him.
    Credit: Jet
    Additional information: John Baldwin
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