Akira Kurosawa - Background, Childhood, Major Works and Themes – Case Study Example

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The paper “ Akira Kurosawa – Background, Childhood, Major Works and Themes” is a pathetic variant of a case study on visual arts & film studies. Akira Kurosawa was a great and respected international filmmaker from Japan. In addition to this Akira was considered to be quite different from other Japanese not only for his work but also for his body physique. This is attributed to the fact he was nearly six feet, unlike his fellow Japanese who was quite short. However, he was not famous because of his height or body physique but for his work in the film industry.

His films are regarded as one of the most influential films in the world. This is attributed to the fact that his films related to the day to day lives of individuals in the world. This is to say that his films captured the social context at the time. In addition to this, his films were known to captures the culture of the pan. Therefore, as a result, his films captured a wide range of viewers from the young to the old.

This was attributed to the fact that every generation could relate to his films. Therefore, as a result of his work, he won the various international accolades, which at the time was quite difficult for filmmakers out of America. In addition to international accolades, he won local accolades and dominated the japan film industry (Kurosawa 2011). BackgroundAkira Kurosawa was born to a Samurai family, whereby his father was a former member of a samurai family that originated from Akita Prefecture. In addition to this, his father was regarded as a strict disciplinarian, which is attributed to his military connection.

Akira’ s mother, on the other hand, came from a merchant family. Akira had seven siblings who are credited for the positive impact they impacted on Akira as he progressed from childhood to becoming one of the most recognized filmmakers in the world. Akira being from a samurai family was made to study martial arts from a very early age. However, Akira was also enrolled in a school where over the years he developed a passion for painting. His passion for painting led to him studying art and painting at Doshisha School of Western Painting in 1927.

However, Akira would later abandon painting as it generated little income and embark on filming. His brother Heigo at the time worked with theatres and his works are what influenced Akira to indulge in film and theatre productions. In 1945 Akira got married to Yōko Yaguchi, who at the time was the leading actress in one of his films. They lived in Tokyo and together had two children Hisao, who would later become a producer in one of Akira's later films.

Kazuko on the other hand became a well-renowned costume designer. Akira lived with his wife up to the time of her death in 1985, February 1. In 1995, Akira was involved in an accident which greatly affected his health. For moths, Akira was bedridden due to his deteriorating health which made it impossible to make a physical contribution to his films. In 1998 September 6, Akira would succumb to his ailing body and die of a stroke at the age of 88.

At his death, Akira was survived by his two children Hisao and Kazuko, and Four grandchildren, three by Hisao and One by Kazuko (Kurosawa 2011).


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