25 Quotes by Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese film director and screenwriter who is widely considered one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. His films often explored themes of honor, duty, and the struggle for justice in a complex world. Kurosawa's masterful use of cinematography and storytelling techniques, including his famous "Kurosawa shot," revolutionized the art of filmmaking and inspired countless directors around the world. Some of his most famous works include "Seven Samurai," "Rashomon," and "Yojimbo." (Bio)

Akira Kurosawa Quotes


In a mad world only the mad are sane. (Meaning)

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Man is a genius when he is dreaming.

Man is a genius when he dreams. Dream what you are capable of. The harder you dream it, the sooner it will come true.

The role of the artist is to not look away.

It is the power of memory that gives rise to the power of imagination.

There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself.

Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing.

If you look at everything straight on, there is nothing to be afraid of.

In order to find reality, each must search for his own universe, look for the details that contribute to this reality7 that one feels under the surface of things. To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means never to look away.

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Take me, subtract movies, and you get zero.

To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means to never look away.

If you want to be a great director, be a great screenwriter.

I like unformed characters. This may be because, no matter how old I get, I am still unformed myself.

Human beings share the same common problems. A film can only be understood if it depicts these properly.

The truth is in the mystery.

The Japanese see self-assertion as immoral and self- sacrifice as the sensible course to take in life.

Movie directors, or should I say people who create things, are very greedy and they can never be satisfied... That's why they can keep on working. I've been able to work for so long because I think next time, I'll make something good.

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To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes.

If I were to write anything at all, it would turn out to be nothing but talk about movies. In other words, take 'myself,' subtract 'movies,' and the result is 'zero.'

A truly good movie is enjoyable too. There’s nothing complicated about it.

but ignorance is a kind of insanity in the human animal. People who delight in torturing defenseless children or tiny creatures are in reality insane. The terrible thing is that people who are madmen in private may wear a totally bland and innocent expression in public.

I like silent pictures and I always have ... I wanted to restore some of this beauty. I thought of it, I remember in this way: one of techniques of modern art is simplification, and that I must therefore simplify this film.

The great appeal of film is its relatability.

― Akira Kurosawa Quotes

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