Japanese film director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa’s critically acclaimed film “Seven Samurai” was released in theaters on this day in 1954. A prolific filmmaker, Kurosawa directed 30 films over his six-decade career, including international box office hits like “Rashomon”, which became the surprise winner of the Golden Lion at the 1951 Venice Film Festival. Often cited by directors like Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino as a major influence on their work, Kurosawa’s worldwide impact on modern filmmaking is unmistakable even more than two decades after his passing. In 1990, the Motion Picture Academy honored Kurosawa with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
“To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes.” —