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"A first rate book and a joy to read...It's doubtful that a complete understanding of the director's artistry can be obtained without reading this book...Also indispensable for budding directors are the addenda, in which Kurosawa lays out his beliefs on the primacy of a good script, on scriptwriting as an essential tool for directors, on directing actors, on camera placeme ...more
Paperback, English Edition, 205 pages
Published May 12th 1983 by Vintage Books (first published 1982)
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Ahmed
Jun 25, 2014 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

لمن لا يعرف فإن (أكيراكوروساوا) هو مخرج اليابان الأعظم وواحد من أفضل مخرجين السينما على مر العصور.
أعماله تحف فنيه من الطراز الرفيع. ويمثل تراث فنى عظيم.
قدم الكثير من الروائيات العالميه للسينما بالاضافه الى الاعمال الاعظم التى شارك فى كتابتها وقدمها . (Seven Samurai و Rashomon و Ran ) وغيرهم وغيرهم .
ولكن هنا نقابله ككاتب من الطراز الرفيع.
من أجمل السير الذاتيه التى قرأتها فى حياتى
تقديم رائع للحياة الشخصيه والمهنيه التى مرت على الكاتب .
شرح بسيط لما مر به فى صناعة افلامه وتقديم راقى للاخراج السينما
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Dave Russell
Jan 10, 2009 Dave Russell rated it it was amazing
I was disappointed that he ended this wonderful book in 1950 the year he filmed Rashomon. I wanted to know about Ikiru, The Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. However, he gives a brilliant reason for doing so in the epilogue. The theme of Rashomon is that humans are incapable of being honest about themselves. He includes himself, which of course calls into question the entire veracity of this book.
Even so, the strength of this book is not so much what it reveals about AK, but what it reveals about the
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Nick
Aug 11, 2007 Nick rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who gives a damn
Kurosawa was a true humanist. This book isn't an explanation of an artist's theories or an explication of his films--just a simple account of the memories of a very full and beautiful life. Yet Kurosawa never ignores his faults either. He just tells his story like it is. Sometimes he's so emotional, he makes me emotional just reading his earnestness, here about his directing mentor, Yama-san:

"At the party celebrating completion of Tojuro's Love, Mrs. Yamamoto came and spoke to me. 'My husband wa
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Kit Fox
Feb 13, 2012 Kit Fox rated it really liked it
So pretty much like everyone else I went, "Aw, man!" out loud when the intro stated that this book only went up to Rashomon and didn't deal with any of Kurosawa's life after 1950. But the good news is that you get an intimate glimpse into Kurosawa's Taisho- and Showa-era upbringing and education. The passages on the Great Kanto Quake are horrifying and amazing and the years he spent living in a quirky-yet-incrdeibly-seedy bohemian-ish housing complex are also eye-opening. I also didn't know that ...more
Ali Reda
May 09, 2016 Ali Reda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
في سنوات الحرب، عندما كانت الشوارع اليابانية مليئة بالباعة المتجولين، كانوا يبيعون مرهم العلاج الجروح والحروق يسمونه مرهم الضفدع السحري، وكانوا يحضرونه كالأتي فبعد أن يصطادوا الضفدع يضعونه في صندوق صغير تغطى جدرانه بالمرايا، وعندما يرى الضفدع المسكين المرعوب صورته المنعكسة على كل هذه المرايا يبدأ بافراز مادة دهنية شبيهة بالعرق، فيجمعون هذا العرق الاجباري عن جلده ويستخرجون المرهم منه بغليه لبضعة أيام.

كل ما أتذكره الان هو طفلان صغيران يجريان في الاتجاه المعاكس للضوء فيصبحا بقعا سوداء سيلويت ولا اع
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محمود حسني


للأسف لم استمتع بالعمل ولترجمته دورا في ذلك .. كانت توقعاتي لهذا الكتاب مرتفعة ولكنه خيب ظني ..
Ahmad Hamdy
Sep 28, 2015 Ahmad Hamdy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
> "لا شيء في العالم يمكن أن يكشف المبدع مثل ابداعاته نفسها. لا شيء إطلاقاً"، أما كتابة المبدع عن نفسه، وعرض ما كتبه على الآخرين، فهو يجعلهم "يستخفون برسم صورة حقيقية له"، خصوصاً حين يكون هذا الذي يكتب مخرجاً سينمائياً في وزن وأهمية الياباني أكيرا كوروساوا الذي يقول هذا الكلام، وهو يختم سيرته التي يسميها "ما يشبه السيرة الذاتية" بقوله لمن يريد أن يعرف ماذا حل به بعد فيلمه الشهير "راشوموت"، ان عليه أن يحدّق في أبطال أفلامه اللاحقة، حيث "أنا موجود مع كل هؤلاء الأبطال بكاملي".
لا يبوح كثيراً المخر
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Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
An extremely enjoyable autobiography from the man himself, Akira Kurosawa. It almost felt like reading fiction with the fantastic prose and wonderful stories that Kurosawa provides. And Kurosawa in himself is such a likable and interesting character. It does deal with Kurosawa's filmmaking techniques, but more than anything it delves into Kurosawa as a person. Half of the book deals with Kurosawa before he even began making films. He wonderfully details his childhood from babyhood to near adult. ...more
Maيtha
Dec 11, 2016 Maيtha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites, 2016
This is not a book you can review, this is a book you sit down and discuss with people.
أحمد نفادي
في السير الذاتية خصوصا للمخرجين يجعلك تدخل إلى عالمه بكل تفاصيله ورموزه ، يجعلك تسير بين أفلامه وممثلينه وذكرياته فتشعر أنك في فيلم كبير عن أفلامه هكذا فعل فيلليني وهكذا يفعل كوروساوا ها هنا

ليس من السهل تقييم سيرة ذاتية فكل حياة رائعة مهما كانت لكن تلك السيرة ممتعة تستحق القراءة
Kenny
Oct 11, 2016 Kenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tops
A must read for all film lovers.
Apubakr
Oct 18, 2016 Apubakr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يحتل أكيرا كوروساوا مكانة كبيرة في الأوساط السينمائية نظرا للتحف الفنية التي قدمها للعالم كأفلام تعمق خلالها داخل النفس البشرية سابرا أغوارها العميقة بشكل خلاب ومتفرد . وهو بالنسبة لي أعظم مخرج في تاريخ السينما بعد بيللي وايلدر. وفي هذا الكتاب يحكي كورواسوا عن نفسه وعن العوامل التي دفعته للسينما كأنما هي قدره الذي لم تستطع الحروب ولا الكوارث أن تبعده عنه ، إلى أن يصل إلى فيلمه راشمون الذي خرج منه للعالمية فلا يود أن يتكلم عن أي شئ لاحق .







Joseph R.
Jan 19, 2017 Joseph R. rated it it was amazing
If you ask anyone to name a Japanese film director, the most likely answer will be "Akira Kurosawa." He has directed many classics (like Seven Samauri, Yojimbo, and Hidden Fortress) that have been remade by Western directors (like The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dollars, and Star Wars) and many classics that were remakes of Shakespeare's plays (Throne of Blood and Ran). One of his early films, Rashomon, won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and subsequently won the Academy Award for ...more
Ahmad No'man
ما أعجبني بشدة في الأشبه بمذكرات لكيروساوا هو احساسي بالصدق الخالص فيما تناول عرضه عبر هذه الصفحات. شخصياً عند محاولاتي في تذكر ما فات من حياتي وحتي اللحظة فالحالة تكون شبه مطابقة لحالة أكيرا كوروساوا, بمعني صور من هنا وهناك أشخاص وأجواء غير واضحة المعالم, ومضات .. ولكن تأتي مواقف معينة علي مدار السنوات منذ الطفولة المبكرة وتكون واضحة تماماً بكل تفاصيلها بألوان الموقف ومشاعره وتفاعلي الخاص مع الموقف, ما قيل وما فُعِل, ما ارتديته, كيف كنت جالساً أو واقفاً .وبعض الأحيان أشخاص لم أقابلهم في حياتي ا ...more
بسام عبد العزيز
لست من هواة قراءة السير الذاتية بشكل عام لكنني تخيلت أن سيرة أكيرا كيروساوا ستعطيني لمحة عن الحياة اليابانية أثناء منتصف القرن الماضي و عن الثقافة اليابانية بشكل عام لذلك تحمست لقراءة هذا الكتاب..
للأسف الكتاب خيب توقعاتي فمعظم الكتاب يتحدث فيه كيروساوا عن حياته الشخصية و عن أفلامه فقط و لا يتعرض للحياة اليابانية العامة كثيرا إلا في أحوال نادرة لتفسير حدث معين في حياته الشخصية..
أيضا وجدت صعوبة في فهم العديد من المصطلحات اليابانية و التي حاول مترجم أن يفسرها في هوامش و لكنها أيضا تحتاج إلى بحث أك
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وسام عادل
Jan 16, 2017 وسام عادل rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مرحلة الطفولة والشباب وما صحبهما من تأثير أخى أكيرا ( هييغو ) الذى انتحر قبل إتمام الثلاثين هى المفضلة عندى ..الجزء الذى التهمته إلتهاماً ، أعزو هذا - بقدر ما - إلى افتتانى بحضارات الشرق ، والحق أن أكيرا كتابته سلسة ممتعة ،إنسانية عميقة ،قريبة للغاية من النفس ، وأزعم أنها صادقة :-)

الجزء الأخير من الكتاب الذى يتحدث فيه عن أفلامه كان مملاً قليلاً بالنسبة لى ، كونى لا أعرف شيئاً عن صناعة السينما عامةً ، فضلاً عن السينما اليابانية ، لكنه على كل حال لا يخلو من متعة ومنفعة .

إجمالاً وكشخص يحب السير الذ
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Ciel
Sep 13, 2016 Ciel rated it it was amazing
One of the passages that struck me:

“Kuro-san’s writing isn’t writing, it’s pictures.”

What can I say? I didn't expect much from Kurosawa's writing (for all its literary merit), but considering this as a mere diary of his experiences and life lessons, I find it really cool that he attempts to be expressive and poetic, and he quite does so well, and I can't help but wonder what might have happened if he did take a life in writing. Imperfectly written, but you cannot help but love this man for real
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Tosh
Oct 26, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-bought
There is nothing more enjoyable then going to a movie theater and seeing any film by Akira Kurosawa. This memoir by the master is also fantastic. His main advice for anyone to get into film is to read! Read detective stories as well as world literature. Good advice! The one picture i get in my mind is him talking about the war years - or was it the Earthquake? Anyway he mentions seeing dead bloated bodies in a river by Tokyo. The image is stark (of course) but it had traces of the master's visua ...more
Sean Sullivan
Sep 16, 2007 Sean Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: cinema, memoir
Its funny what you remember about books. When I started thinking about writing this review the first thing I remember from this book (I read it about two and a half years ago now) was that Kurosawa sure did drink a lot.

Besides that, I remember this one as being surprisingly honest about Kurosawa’s flaws and his struggles throughout his career and with a number of insights about his earlier films. Worth a read if you’re into the man.
Alexander Páez
May 08, 2015 Alexander Páez rated it really liked it
Shelves: english, nihon, 2015
Se ha dicho que esta autobiografía se puede considerar como una obra de estudio entre sus películas. Como el único film escrito por el autor y es que en ella no habla de sus películas, sino de su vida y de cómo enfocaba el cine. Muy recomendable si os gusta el director o leer biografías.
Biswajit Boity
May 11, 2012 Biswajit Boity marked it as to-read
A must read, be it a Kuraosawa fan, critic, random reader and even for one who doesn't watch his films, you are bound to enjoy this book
Mohamed Yehia
Jun 14, 2015 Mohamed Yehia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
زالزل و كوارث و فاشية و حروب عالمية و الياباني مستمر في العمل و الابداع
Sissy
Feb 01, 2017 Sissy rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and feel the same as other readers-it couldn't been longer and included the work I know him best for. That said, I am glad he wrote at all and found what he left insightful and transformative.
Jorge Akef Rodriguez
Dec 21, 2014 Jorge Akef Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves cinema, Kurosawa films, and World War II non-fiction.
It’s so fascinating to read about the life of this cinema pioneer. But, however fascinating it is to read his thoughts, it’s also very honorable, and even humbling, being so intimate with Kurosawa as he describes so many aspects of his life and, of course, his filmmaking odyssey. Anyone who’s heard about Kurosawa probably also knows he’s a cinema genius, and if you’ve never heard of him, let me be one of a thousand other voices to tell you that he is indeed a genius when it comes to making movie ...more
jana
Dec 26, 2016 jana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2016
لا يخبرنا الكثير عن حياته هنا. لكنه تحدث بما يكفي تمامًا.
Patrick McCoy
Dec 21, 2007 Patrick McCoy rated it really liked it
A few years back I got into an Akira Kurosawa phase where I was watching a lot of his films and it culminated with writing an academic paper on his film Stay Dog. I bought a bunch of books about Kurosawa for research on the paper; one of them was Kurosawa’s autobiography, Something Like an Autobiography. I finally got around to reading all of it. I think it reflects how his diverse artistic background made him the director that he is. He had a big interest in literature in part inspired by his o ...more
M. Milner
A short, entertaining and informative book by the iconic director, Something Like an Autobiography is a good read for anyone interested in Kurosawa's films - provided they're interested in the early years of his works. Only covering the years leading up to Rashomon, Kurosawa's book is short but has tonnes of information on his early life - including his troubled older brother, the great earthquake of 1923 and his long friendship with Uekusa Keinosuke - before moving into his career in cinema.

It
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Sebastian Glints
Quizás es un poco raro haber empezado a leer una autobiografía sobre alguien que no tenía idea de quién era. Y no sólo eso, sino que de un director de cine cuyas películas jamás vi. Sin embargo, un amigo mío me prestó este libro en un momento de mi vida en el que yo consideré estudiar dirección de cine, y me dijo que a él (que tiene esa misma profesión) lo había impulsado e inspirado a hacerlo.
No tuvo ese mismo efecto en mí (quizás porque perdí el interés en la carrera), pero de todas maneras di
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Shimaa
Feb 10, 2017 Shimaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لازلت اعشق السير الذاتيه
كانت رحلتي معه مريره للغايه .. في ظل ظروف قاسيه استطاع أن يثبت وجوده

سيره فيها من الصدق ما اخجل منه ..
فأحيانا يخبرنا أنه أخرج أو كتب لمجرد المال
فيتعري أمامنا بالكليه عن أفكاره وابداعه

أحببت أن أرى له بعض من إبداعه وأن لم يسعفني الوقت أحيانا لكن يظل طيف مخرج عظيم في السينيما يطارد خيالي

فقدت نصف روحي بتركي الكتاب .. وأن بقى فيه صفيحات لأعود له دائما
Spiros
Jan 16, 2008 Spiros rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Human beings
Having recently purchased, and repeatedly watched, DRUNKEN ANGEL, and having just purchased the 5 disc Criterion "Postwar Kurosawa" box, I decided to catch up on the Master's comments on these films. Of course, the fact that the commentary on these films comes towards the end of the book in no way prevented me from starting with Audie Bock's introduction and reading all the way through to Kurosawa's "Some Random Notes on Filmmaking" at the end, savoring every page. As always I was struck by Kuro ...more
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Akira Kurosawa (黒澤 明 or 黒沢 明, Kurosawa Akira, March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years.

Kurosawa entered the Japanese film industry in 1936, following a brief stint as a painter. After years of
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“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.” 18 likes
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