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Movies Directed By Akira Kurosawa

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Yury Solomin, Aleksandr Pyatkov, Maxim Munzuk
Dersu Uzala is a 1975 Soviet-Japanese co-production film directed by Akira Kurosawa, his first non-Japanese-language film and his first and only 70mm film. The film won the Golden Prize and the ...more
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Kin Sugai, Shinsuke Minami, Yûko Kusunoki
Dodes'ka-den is a 1970 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa and based on the Shūgorō Yamamoto book Kisetsu no nai machi.
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Martin Scorsese, Chishū Ryū, Hisashi Igawa
Dreams is a 1990 magical realism film based on actual dreams the film's director, Akira Kurosawa, claimed to have had repeatedly. It was the first film where he was the sole author of the ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eitarō Shindō
Drunken Angel is a 1948 Japanese yakuza film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is notable for being the first of sixteen film collaborations between director Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune.
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Setsuko Hara
The Idiot is a 1951 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai
High and Low is a 1963 police procedural crime drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai and Kyōko Kagawa. The film is loosely based on King's Ransom, by Ed ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno
I Live In Fear is a 1955 Japanese film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It was co-written by Shinobu Hashimoto, Fumio Hayasaka, and Hideo Oguni. The story concerned an elderly factory ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Makatari Fujiwara, Minoru Chiaki
Ikiru is a 1952 Japanese film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film examines the struggles of a minor Tokyo bureaucrat and his final quest for meaning. The script was partly ...more
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Tatsuya Nakadai, Kenichi Hagiwara, Kaori Momoi
Kagemusha is a 1980 film by Akira Kurosawa. In Japanese, kagemusha is a term used to denote a political decoy. It is set in the Sengoku period of Japanese history and tells the story of who is ...more
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Kyōko Kagawa, George Tokoro, Hisashi Igawa
Madadayo is a 1993 Japanese comedy film. It is the thirtieth and final film to be completed by Akira Kurosawa. It was screened out of competition at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
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Takashi Shimura, Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita
No Regrets for Our Youth is a 1946 film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is based on the Takigawa incident of 1933. The film stars Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita, Takashi Shimura and ...more
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Chieko Nakakita, Ichirô Sugai, Atsushi Watanabe
One Wonderful Sunday is a 1947 Japanese film co-written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is in black-and-white and runs 108 minutes. Yuzo and his fiancée, Masako, spend a Sunday ...more
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Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima, Jinpachi Nezu
Ran is a 1985 Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-era warlord who decides to ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Machiko Kyō
Rashomon is a 1950 Japanese period drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, working in close collaboration with cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa. It stars Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Kinuyo Tanaka
Red Beard is a 1965 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa about the relationship between a town doctor and his new trainee. The film was based on Shūgorō Yamamoto's short story collection, ...more
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Richard Gere, Hisashi Igawa, Hidetaka Yoshioka
Rhapsody in August is a 1991 Japanese film by Akira Kurosawa. The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai
Sanjuro is a 1962 black-and-white Japanese samurai film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune. It is a sequel to Kurosawa's 1961 Yojimbo. Originally an adaptation of the Shūgorō ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Ryūnosuke Tsukigata, Susumu Fujita
Sanshiro Sugata is the directorial debut of the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. First released in Japan on 25 March 1943 by Toho film studios, the film was eventually released in the ...more
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Ryūnosuke Tsukigata, Seiji Miyaguchi, Susumu Fujita
Sanshiro Sugata Part II is a 1945 film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is based on the novel by Tsuneo Tomita. It was filmed in early 1945 in Japan towards the end of World War II. ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tanie Kitabayashi
Scandal is a 1950 film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Toshirō Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Shirley Yamaguchi.
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno
Seven Samurai is a 1954 Japanese Jidaigeki adventure film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven ronin to combat bandits ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji
Stray Dog is a 1949 Japanese police procedural film noir directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. The film is considered a precursor to the contemporary police ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Chishū Ryū
The Bad Sleep Well is a 1960 film directed by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. It was the first film to be produced under Kurosawa's own independent production company. It was entered into ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Makatari Fujiwara
The Hidden Fortress is a 1958 jidaigeki film directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune as General Makabe Rokurōta and Misa Uehara as Princess Yuki.
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Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Kyōko Kagawa
The Lower Depths is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, based on the play The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky. The film's setting was changed to Edo-period Japan.