Saturday, July 25, 2009

The mystique and the majesty

A director recalls Akira Kurosawa’s deeply philosophical films on his birth centenary

Rituparno Ghosh


When Akira Kurosawa began making films, the West was not interested in Japanese cinema. But Kurosawa made them compulsively interested. At a time when the Western audience couldn’t differentiate between one Japanese actor and another, Kurosawa was giving birth to an international star in Toshiro Mifune (who acted in classics such as Rashomon, The Seven Samurai and Throne of Blood).
 Pioneer: (left) A still from The Seven Samurai; and Kurosawa (right) with Mifune (right). Toho / The Kobal Collection
Pioneer: (left) A still from The Seven Samurai; and Kurosawa (right) with Mifune (right). Toho / The Kobal Collection

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