Akira Kurosawa, is one of cinema’s most important directors who influenced a generation of filmmakers. George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg have all claimed to have been profoundly impacted by Kurosawa’s work.
Kurosawa had a strong sense of aesthetics, which meant that he paid a lot of attention to cinematography and filming. This attention often went above and beyond what other directors would expect from their cameramen. Kurosawa won international acclaim, with such films as Rashomon (1950), Ikiru (1952), Seven Samurai (1954), Throne of Blood (1957), Kagemusha (1980), and Ran (1985).
Kurosawa’s biggest legacy may be the introduction of Asian film to Western audiences. Even though many people don’t know about some of his best work, his cultural ambassadorship connected the east and west in the history of international film.