"Each one [of the films I’ve made with Kurosawa] is something very like a revelation to me—not only about him, but about myself as well. Talking about actors’ realizing themselves, when I am with Kurosawa… I realize myself best. And yet he never dictates. Rather, he allows you to do your best, and for him you do it.”

Takashi Shimura
March 12, 1905 – February 11, 1982

On the set of Seven Samurai.

Kurosawa, Shimura, and Mifune on the set of Seven Samurai.

Kurosawa, Shimura, and Mifune on the set of Seven Samurai.

Seven Samurai // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Seven Samurai // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Seven Samurai // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Tatsuya Nakadai’s blink and you’ll miss it cameo in Seven Samurai

Tatsuya Nakadai’s blink and you’ll miss it cameo in Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Seven Samurai // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Seven Samurai // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Seven Samurai // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Seven Samurai // dir. Akira Kurosawa

Seven Samurai // dir. Akira Kurosawa