Akira Kurosawa and the Power of Movement

As Alfred Hitchcock once famously said, “A lot of films one sees today…they are what I call ‘photographs of people talking’.  It bears no relation to the art of the cinema.”  Despite movement being the key aspect that separates film from photography, most directors simply don’t seem to use it in an effective manner.

Akira Kurosawa was not most directors.  The legendary Japanese filmmaker was a master of composition and movement.  In this video essay, Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting explains how Kurosawa expertly crafted the motion in his scenes and what filmmakers today have to learn from him.

Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

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