March 23, 1910 – Birthdate of Akira Kurosawa, Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter.
Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years.
Kurosawa entered the Japanese film industry in 1936, following a brief stint as a painter. After years of working on numerous films as an assistant director and scriptwriter, he made his debut as a director in 1943, during World War II, with the popular action film Sanshiro Sugata (a.k.a. Judo Saga). After the war, the critically acclaimed Drunken Angel (1948), in which Kurosawa cast then-unknown actor Toshiro Mifune in a starring role, cemented the director’s reputation as one of the most important young filmmakers in Japan. The two men would go on to collaborate on another 15 films. His wife Yoko Yaguchi was also an actress in one of his films.
In 2010, San Marino issued a € 0,65 postage stamp honoring Kurosawa. The stamp shows details of some of the films either written or directed by Kurosawa, including “The Seven Samurai”, “Ran” and “Dersu Uzala”.