Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa took what he learned from watching director John Ford’s films and applied it to his own work. In turn, his movies have inspired, and continue to inspire, Hollywood. Photo: Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Akira Kurosawa for beginners: the Japanese director’s 10 best films, from Seven Samurai to the one that inspired Star Wars

  • Kurosawa studied the Westerns of John Ford, and put what he learned from them into his films about samurai – which in turn inspired Western remakes
  • His movies continue to influence filmmaking in Hollywood, with his creative DNA evident in films about anti-heroes and people tasked with a mission
Topic |   Asian cinema: Japanese films
Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa took what he learned from watching director John Ford’s films and applied it to his own work. In turn, his movies have inspired, and continue to inspire, Hollywood. Photo: Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
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