AKIRA KUROSAWA Centenary Exhibition ALL FOR CINEMA is being held at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography from September 4th through October 11th.

The legendary movie director AKIRA KUROSAWA aspired to become a painter he was young.
Actually his works were admitted to the prestigious Nika Exhibition when he was 18.


Even after KUROSAWA became a filmmaker, he was engaged in painting “storyboards”
The storyboards materialized his vision and we can see how KUROSAWA prepared for the movies from those storyboards. Storyboards are all powerful and passionate, but at the same time they are described in considerable details.

I feel the emotions of the characters and characters are as if they were moving around with life and almost coming out. Sets, lighting, costumes and composition which are painted in the storyboards are replicated exactly by the films.

He drew and left over 2,000 storyboards in his lifetime.
In this exhibition, we can see some of the storyboards that were given by KUROSAWA as gifts to film director Martin Scorsese when he played the role of Van Gogh in the film DREAMS.

It is not too much to say that storyboards become one of the crucial factors of Kurosawa’s movies.

Also, we can see some memos written by KUROSAWA in the exhibition and I feel his kindheartedness and desire for peace.


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