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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Akira Kurosawa on sanity, madness, dreams, movies, cinema, art, creativity, writing, humanity, nature, creator and truth.

8 Notable Akira Kurosawa Quotes That Will Make Your Day

Famous As: Filmmaker
Born On: March 23, 1910
Died On: September 6, 1998
Born In: Shinagawa
Founder / Co Founder: Kurosawa Film Studio
Died At Age: 88
Akira Kurosawa was a famous Japanese Filmmaker, adjudged as a pioneer in filmmaking in the history of cinema. He started his career in the film industry in 1936. Before entering into the mainstream movie business he worked as an assistant director and script writer until 1943. During the time of World War II he made his debut film, ‘Sanshiro Sugata’. Later, he became popular with the critically acclaimed movie, ‘Drunken Angel’.  It was only after the release of this movie that the critics of the time considered this director as one of the influential movie makers. Following the commercial success of his movie ‘Drunken Angel’, he released his next international hit movie, ‘Rashomon’. With the masterfully innovative story, this movie was awarded the ‘Academy Award’ for the ‘Best Foreign Film’. Soon enough, Akira was considered as a man with a strong voice in the film industry. ‘Ikiru’, ‘Seven Samurai’ and ‘Yojimbo’ are few of his other notable movies.  Akira was a perfectionist and always looked to improve his work. He also has shared interesting and inspiring thoughts and quotations about movies, inspiration, people, acting and life. We have collected some noteworthy Akira Kurosawa quotes from his films and life. Below are few of noteworthy thoughts and quotes that would inspire the filmmaker in you. 

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

Akira Kurosawa

Man is a genius when he is dreaming.

Akira Kurosawa

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

Akira Kurosawa

I can’t afford to hate anyone. I don’t have that kind of time.

Akira Kurosawa

I suppose all of my films have a common theme. If I think about it, though, the only theme I can think of is really a question: Why can’t people be happier together?

Akira Kurosawa

The role of the artist is to not look away.

Akira Kurosawa

There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself. [Pg.189]

Akira Kurosawa

IT IS QUITE ENOUGH IF A HUMAN BEING HAS BUT ONE FIELD WHERE HE OR SHE IS STRONG. IF A HUMAN BEING WERE STRONG IN EVERY FIELD, IT WOULDN'T BE NICE FOR OTHER PEOPLE, WOULD IT?

Akira Kurosawa