War and Post-War Akira Kurosawa
This lecture will trace Kurosawa’s way towards independent filmmaking and introduce some of his less famous early works. Kurosawa directed his first film in 1941. He made four films during World War II, but all of them had to meet certain national standards. After the war, he continued to work under the U.S. occupying forces and although he managed to satisfy the ideological requirements of both regimes, he was still heavily censored. However, his central topic remained the same: moral dilemma of a strong person in existential crisis.