I have always been a lover of film. (No other medium has been able to tell stories quite like a motion picture.) In today's world we're privileged to have an endless catalogue of movies, but it hasn't always been that way. Post-war era filmmaking was a unique period for the industry. It was a time when films were in demand, and directors were breaking new ground.
One director that was advancing the art of storytelling to new heights was Akira Kurosawa. He, and a grand troupe of actors, redefined the Samurai film genre for Japan. Kurosawa's work has influenced some of the most prominent directors of our generation.
His entire filmography is worth watching.
Here are two of my favorites: