Akira Kurosawa quotes

  • Man is a genius when he is dreaming.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Inspiring #Dream #Men

  • I can’t afford to hate anyone. I don’t have that kind of time.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Hate #Kind

  • The role of the artist is to not look away.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Artist #Roles #Looks

  • People today have forgotten they're really just a part of nature. Yet, they destroy the nature on which our lives depend. They always think they can make something better... They don't know it, but they're losing nature. They don't see that they're going to perish. The most important things for human beings are clean air and clean water.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Thinking #Air #People

  • It is the power of memory that gives rise to the power of imagination.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Memories #Giving #Imagination

  • There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Creator

  • There is something that might be called cinematic beauty. It can only be expressed in a film, and it must be present for that film to be a moving work. When it is very well expressed, one experiences a particularly deep emotion while watching that film. I believe that it is this quality that draws people to come and see a film, and that it is the hope of attaining this quality that inspires the filmmaker to make his film in the first place.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Believe #Moving #People

  • With a good script a good director can produce a masterpiece; with the same script a mediocre director can make a passable film. But with a bad script even a good director can’t possibly make a good film. For truly cinematic expression, the camera and the microphone must be able to cross both fire and water. That is what makes a real movie. The script must be something that has the power to do this.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Real #Fire #Expression

  • When I start on a film I always have a number of ideas about my project. Then one of them begins to germinate, to sprout, and it is this, which I take and work with. My films come from my need to say a particular thing at a particular time. The beginning of any film for me is this need to express something. It is to make it nurture and grow that I write my script- it is directing it that makes my tree blossom and bear fruit.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Writing #Ideas #Numbers

  • In order to find reality, each must search for his own universe, look for the details that contribute to this reality7 that one feels under the surface of things. To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means never to look away.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Mean #Artist #Reality

  • Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Honest #Being Honest #Humans

  • Of all my films, people wrote to me most about this one... ...I had wanted to make The Idiot long before Rashomon. Since I was little I've liked Russian literature, but I find that I like Dostoevsky the best and had long thought that this book would make a wonderful film. He is still my favourite author, and he is the one - I still think - who writes most honestly about human existence.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Book #Writing #Thinking

  • Human beings share the same common problems. A film can only be understood if it depicts these properly.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Common #Problem #Film

  • For me, filmmaking combines everything. That's the reason I've made cinema my life's work. In films, painting and literature, theatre and music come together. But a film is still a film.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Theatre #Together #Cinema

  • Movie directors, or should I say people who create things, are very greedy and they can never be satisfied... That's why they can keep on working. I've been able to work for so long because I think next time, I'll make something good.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Thinking #Long #People

  • To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Art #Mean #Eye

  • I suppose all of my films have a common theme. If I think about it, though, the only theme I can think of is really a question: Why can’t people be happier together?
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Thinking #People #Together

  • I have no idea who the characters are, later, their personalities take over anything I might want to do. I end up writing not from my own will, but from theirs-they come alive as I write and make me do things that I couldn't have planned.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Writing #Character #Ideas

  • A truly good movie is enjoyable too. There’s nothing complicated about it.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Good Movie #Complicated #Enjoyable

  • Although human beings are incapable of talking about themselves with total honesty, it is much harder to avoid the truth while pretending to be other people. They often reveal much about themselves in a very straightforward way. I am certain that I did. There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Honesty #Talking #People

  • The truth is in the mystery.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Humility #Mystery #Truth Is

  • Page 61: No matter where I go in the world, although I can't speak any foreign language, I don't feel out of place. I think of earth as my home. If everyone thought this way, people might notice just how foolish international friction is and the would be put an end to it.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Home #Thinking #People

  • The Japanese see self-assertion as immoral and self- sacrifice as the sensible course to take in life.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Sacrifice #Self #Sensible

  • In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Depression #Crazy #Mad

  • If you look at everything straight on, there is nothing to be afraid of.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Looks

  • The root of any film project for me is this inner need to express something. What nurtures this root and makes it grow into a tree is the script. What makes the tree bear flowers and fruit is the directing.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Flower #Roots #Tree

  • Man is a genius when he dreams. Dream what you are capable of. The harder you dream it, the sooner it will come true.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Dream #Men #Genius

  • To be an artist means to search, to find and look at these realities. To be an artist means to never look away.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Mean #Artist #Reality

  • I like silent pictures and I always have ... I wanted to restore some of this beauty. I thought of it, I remember in this way: one of techniques of modern art is simplification, and that I must therefore simplify this film.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Art #Technique #Way

  • but ignorance is a kind of insanity in the human animal. People who delight in torturing defenseless children or tiny creatures are in reality insane. The terrible thing is that people who are madmen in private may wear a totally bland and innocent expression in public.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Children #Ignorance #Animal

  • If I were to write anything at all, it would turn out to be nothing but talk about movies. In other words, take 'myself,' subtract 'movies,' and the result is 'zero.'
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Zero #Writing #Results

  • Something that you should take particular notice of is the fact that the best scripts have very few explanatory passages. Adding explanation to the descriptive passages of a screenplay is the most dangerous trap you can fall into. It’s easy to explain the psychological state of a character at a particular moment, but it’s very difficult to describe it through the delicate nuances of action and dialogue. Yet it is not impossible. A great deal about this can be learned from the study of the great plays, and I believe the ‘hard-boiled’ detective novels can also be very instructive.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Believe #Fall #Character

  • During the shooting of a scene the director’s eye has to catch even the minutest detail. But this does not mean glaring concentratedly at the set. While the cameras are rolling, I rarely look directly at the actors, but focus my gaze somewhere else. By doing this I sense instantly when something isn’t right. Watching something does not mean fixing your gaze on it, but being aware of it in a natural way. I believe this is what the medieval Noh playwright and theorist Zeami meant by ‘watching with a detached gaze.’
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Believe #Mean #Eye

  • The films an audience really enjoys are the ones that were enjoyable in the making. Yet pleasure in the work can’t be achieved unless you know you have put all of your strength into it and have done your best to make it come alive. A film made in this spirit reveals the hearts of the crew.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Heart #Done #Alive

  • I like unformed characters. This may be because, no matter how old I get, I am still unformed myself.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Character #May #Matter

  • The characters in my films try to live honestly and make the most of the lives they've been given. I believe you must live honestly and develop your abilities to the full. People who do this are the real heroes.
    -- Akira Kurosawa

    #Real #Believe #Hero