Honda grew up in a small village, the youngest of five children born to a Buddhist priest and his wife. When Honda was a child, the family moved to the Tokyo area, where he encountered motion pictures for the first time.
Childhood to war years — [ edit ] Childhood and youth —35 [ edit ] Kurosawa Japanese: His father Isamu —a member of a samurai family from Akita Prefectureworked as the director of the Army's Physical Education Institute's lower secondary schoolwhile his mother Shima — came from a merchant's family living in Osaka.
He encouraged his children to watch films; young Akira viewed his first movies at the age of six. When the younger brother wanted to look away from the human corpses and animal carcasses scattered everywhere, Heigo forbade him to do so, instead encouraging Akira to face his fears by confronting them directly.
Some commentators have suggested that this incident would influence Kurosawa's later artistic career, as the director was seldom hesitant to confront unpleasant truths in his work. Akira, who at this point planned to become a painter,  moved in with him, and the two brothers became inseparable.
However, he was never able to make a living with his art, and, as he began to perceive most of the proletarian movement as "putting unfulfilled political ideals directly onto the canvas", he lost his enthusiasm for painting. In JulyHeigo committed suicide.
Kurosawa has commented on the lasting sense of loss he felt at his brother's death  and the chapter of his autobiography Something Like an Autobiography that describes it—written nearly half a century after the event—is titled, "A Story I Don't Want to Tell".
Kurosawa was assistant director for over a dozen of Yamamoto's films. Inthe new film studio Photo Chemical Laboratories, known as P. Although he had demonstrated no previous interest in film as a profession, Kurosawa submitted the required essay, which asked applicants to discuss the fundamental deficiencies of Japanese films and find ways to overcome them.
His half-mocking view was that if the deficiencies were fundamental, there was no way to correct them. The year-old Kurosawa joined P. Of his 24 films as A. He also frequently wrote screenplays for other directors such as for the antiwar film director Satsuo Yamamoto 's film, A Triumph of Wings Tsubasa no gaika, This outside scriptwriting would serve Kurosawa as a lucrative sideline lasting well into the s, long after he became world-famous.
Towards the end ofabout a year after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbornovelist Tsuneo Tomita published his Musashi Miyamoto -inspired judo novel, Sanshiro Sugata, the advertisements for which intrigued Kurosawa. He bought the book on its publication day, devoured it in one sitting, and immediately asked Toho to secure the film rights.
Kurosawa's initial instinct proved correct as, within a few days, three other major Japanese studios also offered to buy the rights. Toho prevailed, and Kurosawa began pre-production on his debut work as director.
Contemporaneous photograph from Shooting of Sanshiro Sugata began on location in Yokohama in December Production proceeded smoothly, but getting the completed film past the censors was an entirely different matter. Kurosawa had just turned The movie became both a critical and commercial success.
Nevertheless, the censorship office would later decide to cut out some 18 minutes of footage, much of which is now considered lost. In order to coax realistic performances from his actresses, the director had them live in a real factory during the shoot, eat the factory food and call each other by their character names.
He would use similar methods with his performers throughout his career. She and Kurosawa were constantly at loggerheads, and it was through these arguments that the two, paradoxically, became close.
They married on May 21,with Yaguchi two months pregnant she never resumed her acting careerand the couple would remain together until her death in The often blatantly propagandistic Sanshiro Sugata Part IIwhich premiered in Mayis generally considered one of his weakest pictures.Trivia The U.S.S.
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It's doubtful that a complete understanding of the director's artistry can be obtained without reading this book. Also indispensable for budding directors are the addenda.
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