Why Akira Kurosawa Is The Master Of Visual Storytelling

By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on April 06, 2015

Hailed as one of the greatest film-makers, Akira Kurosawa has been an inspiration for all generations of filmmakers. In a career spanning over five decades, Kurosawa directed thirty films and has given us classics like Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress and Throne of Blood amongst others. His films are remarkable for the manner in which he merges the movement and emotions of his scenes and characters, thereby giving us a cinematic experience like no other.

A video essay by Tony Zhou shows how Kurosawa combined camera movement and composition to narrate his stories. It also demonstrates how the great filmmaker used 5 different styles to support his visual style of storytelling. The styles employed by the filmmaker are Movement of Nature, Movement of Groups, Movement of Individual, Movement of Camera and Moment of the Cut.

This video also sees great film-makers like Sidney Lumet and Robert Altman talk about how Kurosawa influenced them.

Describing each of these movements, this video shows good framing can convey various emotions effectively. Kurosawa's ability to merge movement, composition with the emotions of his characters shows how filmmakers can add a lot of visual variety to their scenes.


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