Akira Kurosawa


Birthday March 23, 1910

Birth Sign Aries

Birthplace Tokyo, Japan

DEATH DATE Sep 6, 1998 (88)

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Iconic Japanese director of 30 films, including the classic influential features Rashomon (1950) and Seven Samurai (1954). He is regarded as one of history's most important filmmakers.

Before Fame

While growing up, he studied calligraphy and Kendo swordsmanship.


His 1958 film Hidden Fortress was a key influence on George Lucas' Star Wars saga. The characters R2D2 and C3PO were direct translations of the two bumbling stars in his film.

Family Life

He married Yoko Yaguchi on May 21, 1945 and they had two children together.

Associated With

His favorite actor was Toshiro Mifune, who appeared in most of his films.