Akira Kurosawa

Finally his big break came in 1943, when he made his debut as a director with Judo Saga, in a magnificent martial arts sequence in which two masters fight to the death in a desolate field. Think about the commendations given to the similar fight sequences in the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and it's clear why in 1943 people began to talk about a young film-maker with great potential and a bright future.

It was in World War II when his first films were produced, however these films did not express Kurosawa's true nature because he had to comply with Japanese government propaganda policy. It was Drunken Angel which was Kurosawa's first personally expressive work, made in 1948 and featuring Toshiro Mifune who became Kurosawa's favorite leading actor. Kurosawa also noted in this film that, quote, "In this picture I finally discovered myself".

For those who discover Kurosawa, they will find a master technician and artist, with a deep compassion for his characters and an awe of the vastness of nature. He also made Japanese cinema known in the western world with his film Rashomon, which won the top prize in the



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