Today would have been Akira Kurosawa's 100th Birthday. Along with Google, I offer my salute to one of the greatest directors to ever have lived. A man who influenced just about everyone. If you've seen A Fistful of Dollars, The Magnificent Seven, A Bug's Life or Battle Beyond The Stars, you've seen films that are remakes of Kurosawa stories. If you've seen Star Wars, you've seen a film heavily influenced by his work. The guys who influenced everyone that followed, from Bergman to Scorsese to Werner Herzog were influenced by Kurosawa.
For me, he just shot brilliant cinema that few can match. I'll give you this badass scene from Yojimbo as a taster:-
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