In 1950, Daiei Motion Picture Company produced Japanese epic drama directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, and Masayuki Mori.
The film adapted by Akira Kurosawa and Shinobu Hashimoto from Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s short story “In a Grove”. Soon after the premiere, it struck the world of film for distinct techniques, which featured sexual desire with an emotionally devastating climax, and won the highest prize at Venice Film Festival. It also won the Academy Hononary Award for best foreign film. Rashomon caused an international sensation, acclaimed the greatest director of Japanese film. He won two international honors for the first time since Japanese film started. It was the great achievement, put Japanese film onto the world stage, and became a pioneer of Japanese film expand overseas markets later on.
Thus, Kurosawa became “The Emperor”, Toshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyo became a world-wide fame star. After that, it was screened at 50 several countries of the world, such as Europe, Americas, Middle East, with great admiration.
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AKIRA KUROSAWA ・SHINOBU HASHIMOTO
Akira Kurosawa was born in Tokyo, 1910. He joined PCL (Photo Chemical Laboratory, the predecessor of Toho) in 1936 and learned from a director Kajiro Yamamoto.
He made his directorial debut with Sugata Sanshiro (1943).
After he made Rashomon (1950) ,which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and Honorary Award for “the most outstanding foreign language film” at the 24th Academy Awards, he became one of the most famous directors of Japan called “The Emperor”.
He died in 1998, aged 88.
His film, with exciting, entertainment and originality, had a huge impact on many filmmakers of the world. Since then, it has been influenced by filmmaking and video production.