The Los Angeles Film Critics Association gave him a Career Achievement Award in 1985.
He received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Rashômon in 1953 from the Directors Guild of America.
The Directors Guild of America gave him a Golden Jubilee Special Award in 1986.
The Directors Guild of America gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.
He was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1999 Japanese Academy Awards.
In 1986 he was given a special award "The Akira Kurosawa Award" at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
He won the Norwegian Amanda Award for Best Foreign Feature Film in 1986 for Ran.
He was nominated for Best Director Academy Award in 1986 for Ran.
In 1990, he received an honorary Oscar for his life's achievements.
He was six feet tall.
His directorial debut was in 1943 with Sugata Sanshiro.
He was the youngest of seven children.
He was trained as a painter and often painted the storyboards for his films.
His first film industry job was in 1936 as assistant to director Kajiro Yamamoto.
His early films were made under the influence of the Japanese wartime government and contain obvious propagandist themes.
His period film Rashomon first gave him international acclaim, and is considered an all time classic by most film historians.
The Soviet made Dersu Uzala was the only Kurosawa film done outside of Japan and the only one not filmed in Japanese.
The western Fistful of Dollars is a scene-for-scene copy of Kurosawa's Yojimbo.
His brother, Heigo, was a benshi, a narrator or commentator for foreign silent films.
Just as he redid westerns into the Samurai genre, many of his classic films have been remade into American films.
Kurosawa: In films, painting and literature, theatre and music come together. But a film is still a film.
Kurosawa: With a bad script even a good director can't possibly make a good film.
Toshiro Mifune: (speaking of Akira Kurosawa) I am proud of nothing I have done other than with him.