Akira Kurosawa is one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. He died in his homeland of Japan in 1998 and would have been 101 years old on March 23rd, 2011. At one point or another, during their careers, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg produced and/or funded one of Kurosawa’s films when Japanese financiers turned their backs on the aging master.
One of my “favorite looking” Kurosawa films is Dreams (1990), a smorgasbord of cinematography, scene choreography and imagination, produced by Steven Spielberg. I love Asian cinema for many reasons: monster movies, martial arts films and Akira Kurosawa... and God bless Japan.