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The career of acclaimed filmmaker Akira Kurosawa spanned more than five decades, during which he directed more than thirty movies, many of them indisputable classics: Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo, among others. During the height of his creative output, Kurosawa became one of the most influential and well-known directors in the world, inspiring filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and movies such as The Magnificent Seven; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; and Star Wars.In Akira Kurosawa: A Viewer's Guide, Eric San Juan provides a comprehensive yet accessible examination of the artist's entire cinematic endeavors. From early films of the 1940s such as Sanshiro Sugata and No Regrets for Our Youth to Oscar winner Dersu Uzala - the author helps readers understand what makes Kurosawa's work so powerful.

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Eric San Juan

Eric doesn't like to shave.

He is the author of Stuff Every Husband Should Know (Quirk Books 2011) and Breaking Down Breaking Bad (2013) , among others, and is coauthor of A Year of Hitchcock and Hitchcock's Villains (Scarecrow Press 2009 and 2013, respectively) , as well as Geek Wisdom (Quirk Books 2011) . He is also the creator of the Pitched! graphic novel anthology series (Volume 3 forthcoming) . His work has appeared in Weird Tales, Boston Literary Magazine, the Philadelphia Weekly, and other publications.

Eric recently finished a middle grade fantasy novel written in the spirit of Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles AND a dystopian science fiction novel that brings together influences such as Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, and the films of Stephen Spielberg, but his Hitchcock-inspired crime thriller will probably see the light of day before either of them.

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