List of awards and honors bestowed upon Akira Kurosawa

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Akira Kurosawa's handprint in cement in Cannes, France, home of the Cannes Film Festival.

The following table is a selected list of awards and honors given to the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa.



The list represents three categories of film awards or honors:

For reasons of space, two categories of awards have been excluded from the table below:


The information in the table is derived from the IMDb Akira Kurosawa awards page [1] and the IMDb awards pages for the individual films, supplemented by the filmography by Kurosawa’s biographer, Stuart Galbraith IV, [2] unless otherwise noted.

Key: (NK) = Not known; (P) = Posthumous award


Year of Award or Honor
(if known)
Name of Award or HonorAwarding Organization
(if known)
Country of
Given for…Film Title
(if applicable)
(NK)Sadao Yamanaka Prize(NK)JapanFilm Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
(NK)The National Incentive Film Prize
[Shared with Torii Kyouemon]
(NK)JapanFilmSanshiro Sugata
1948 Mainichi Film Concours Mainichi Shimbun
JapanDirecting One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
1949Kinema Jumpo Award
(Critics' Award)
Kinema Jumpo magazine JapanFilm Drunken Angel (1948)
1949Mainichi Film ConcoursMainichi ShimbunJapanFilmDrunken Angel
(NK)Geijutsusai (Arts Festival)
Grand Prize
Ministry of EducationJapanFilm Stray Dog (1949)
1951 Blue Ribbon Award The Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
JapanScreenplay (with
Shinobu Hashimoto)
Rashomon (1950)
1951 Golden Lion
(First prize) [note 1]
Venice Film Festival ItalyFilmRashomon
1951NBR Award National Board of Review USA Film,
1952Honorary Award - Outstanding
Foreign Language Film [note 2]
(Academy Award)
1953Kinema Jumpo AwardKinema Jumpo magazineJapanFilm Ikiru (1952)
1953Mainichi Film ConcoursMainichi ShimbunJapanFilm,
Screenplay (with
Shinobu Hashimoto
and Hideo Oguni)
(NK)Arts FestivalMinistry of EducationJapanFilmIkiru
1954Special Prize of the
Senate of Berlin
Berlin Film Festival West GermanyFilmIkiru
1954 Silver Lion of St. Mark
(Second Prize)
Venice Film FestivalItalyFilm Seven Samurai (1954)
1959Diploma of Merit Jussi Award FinlandDirectingSeven Samurai
1959Blue Ribbon AwardThe Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
JapanFilm The Hidden Fortress (1958)
1959Silver Berlin BearBerlin Film FestivalWest GermanyDirectingThe Hidden Fortress
1959 FIPRESCI PrizeThe International Federation
of Film Critics
(Berlin Film Festival)
West GermanyFilmThe Hidden Fortress
1961Golden Laurel Award [3] David O. Selznick USAFilmIkiru
1964Mainichi Film ConcoursMainichi ShimbunJapanFilm,
Screenplay (with
Ryuzo Kikushima,
Eijiro Hisaita
and Hideo Oguni)
High and Low (1963)
1964Golden Laurel AwardDavid O. SelznickUSAFilmHigh and Low
1965Asahi Culture Prize Asahi Shimbun JapanFilm Red Beard (1965)
1965Foreign Honorary Member [4] American Academy of Arts and Sciences USACareer
1965Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts Ramon Magsaysay Award PhilippinesCareer
1965OCIC AwardOCIC (later Signis)
(Venice Film Festival)
ItalyDirectingRed Beard
(NK)Soviet Filmmakers'
Association Prize [5]
Moscow Film Festival USSRFilmRed Beard
(NK)Million Pearl AwardTokyo RoeiJapanFilmRed Beard
(NK)NHK Award NHK (broadcaster)JapanFilmRed Beard
1966Blue Ribbon AwardThe Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
JapanFilmRed Beard
1966Mainichi Film ConcoursMainichi ShimbunJapanFilmRed Beard
1966Kinema Jumpo AwardKinema Jumpo magazineJapanFilm
Red Beard
(NK)Geijutsusai (Arts Festival)
Prize for Excellence [5]
Ministry of EducationJapanFilm Dodesukaden
(aka, Dodeskaden) (1970)
1975Golden Prize [6] 9th Moscow International Film Festival USSRFilm Dersu Uzala (1975)
1975FIPRESCI PrizeThe International Federation
of Film Critics
(Moscow Film Festival)
USSRFilmDersu Uzala
1976 Best Foreign Language Film AMPAS
(Academy Awards)
USAFilmDersu Uzala
1977David David di Donatello AwardsItaly Directing Dersu Uzala
1977 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate
of Film Journalists
ItalyFilmDersu Uzala
1978Prix Léon MoussinacSyndicate of French
Film Critics
FranceFilmDersu Uzala
1978Golden HaloSouthern California Motion
Picture Council
USAFilmDersu Uzala
1979Honorary Prize 11th Moscow International Film Festival USSRCareer [7] -
1980 Palme d'Or
(First Prize)
Cannes Film Festival FranceFilm Kagemusha (1980)
1980 Hochi Film Award Hochi Shimbun
1981Blue Ribbon AwardThe Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
1981Mainichi Film ConcoursMainichi ShimbunJapanFilm,
1981Reader's Choice AwardMainichi ShimbunJapanFilmKagemusha
1981César César Awards FranceFilmKagemusha
1981DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsItaly Directing Kagemusha
1981 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA UK Directing Kagemusha
1981Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate
of Film Journalists
1982Career Golden LionVenice Film FestivalItalyCareer-
1985LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film
Critics Association
USA Film,
Ran (1985)
1985NBR AwardNational Board of ReviewUSA Film,
1985OCIC AwardOCIC (later Signis)
(San Sebastián Film Festival)
1985BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics USA Film Ran
1985 NFCC Award New York Film Critics CircleUSA Film Ran
1986NSFC AwardNational Society of Film CriticsUSA Film Ran
1986 Amanda Award Norwegian International Film Festival NorwayFilmRan
1986Blue Ribbon AwardThe Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
1986Bodil Bodil Awards Denmark Film Ran
1986DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsItaly directing Ran
1986Mainichi Film ConcoursMainichi ShimbunJapanFilm,
1986Golden Jubilee Award Directors Guild of America USACareer-
1986Akira Kurosawa Award San Francisco International
Film Festival
1987BAFTA Film AwardBAFTAUK Film Ran
1987ALFS Award London Film Critics' Circle UKFilm,
1989Lifetime Achievement AwardAMPAS
(Academy Awards)
1990Special Prize Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize JapanCareer
1992theatre/film Praemium Imperiale JapanCareer
1992Lifetime Achievement AwardDirectors Guild of AmericaUSACareer
1994 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy Inamori Foundation JapanCareer
1998Special Award
(for his work) (P)
Nikkan Sports Film AwardJapanCareer-
1999Lifetime Achievement Award (P) Awards of the Japanese Academy JapanCareer-
1999Blue Ribbon Award
Special Award
(for his work) (P)
The Association of Tokyo
Film Journalists
1999Mainichi Film Concours
Special Award
(for his work) (P)
Mainichi ShimbunJapanCareer-
1999Asian of the Century Award
(Arts, Literature and Culture) (P)
AsianWeek (US)

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  1. First major international film prize won by a Japanese production.
  2. During this period, the Academy's foreign film award was given as an honorary award, non-competitively. It would become a competitive, annual award several years later.


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