23 March

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A Star Director Was Born in Tokyo

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Akira Kurosawa, probably Japan’s most influential film director, and the man who brought his country’s cinema to a global audience, was born in Tokyo on this day in 1910.

In a career lasting almost 60 years, he made more than 30 films including the epic Seven Samurai and Ran, his adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear. A perfectionist and former painter who both directed and edited his movies, Kurosawa's work inspired George Lucas's vision of the original Star Wars, as well as classic Westerns like The Magnificent Seven and A Fistful of Dollars.

Let's remember his legacy with a cocktail based on another great Japanese export: the Japanese Maple, an outstanding Sour-style concoction with Yamazaki whisky.

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