A little over 2 years ago, I was fortunate enough to see my first Kurosawa film: “Dreams”. I remember watching just the opening and thinking to my myself how different, unique, and beautiful the style of filmmaking was. After finishing the film, I realized how my life had been changed forever. I knew after finishing just one movie by him that he was unlike any other filmmaker I had encountered before. I decided right then and there that I had to see every film by him I could get my hands on. I continued with Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Stray Dog, Rashomon, Ikiru, Throne of Blood, and The Hidden Fortress. Each film was remarkable, beautiful and completely humanistic to the core while at the same time being extremely entertaining (all the signs of truly great filmmaking).
I had been saving the best for last however, and eventually decided to watch his most famous work: Seven Samurai. Upon finishing it, I came to the realization that it was not only one of the greatest films I had ever seen in my life, but it was also one of the greatest works of art ever created . Upon second viewing, I realized that I would never ever see a better film than this. It has since become my favorite movie of all time and after seeing Ran shortly after, Kurosawa has become my favorite filmmaker of all time.
I currently own all 30 of his films, and have seen 17. Happy Birthday Kurosawa, and thank you for creating all the magnificent works of art that you did.