WHEN KUROSAWA MET KIAROSTAMI
Akira Kurosawa had written a favorable commentary in the publicity leaflet that accompanies the public screening in Tokyo of Abbas Kiarostami’s Where is the Friend’s Home?, And Life Goes On:
“I believe the films of Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami are extraordinary. Words cannot relate my feelings. I suggest you his films; and then you will see what I mean. Satyajit Ray passed away and I got very upset. But having watched Kiarostami’s films, I thank god because now we have a good substitute for him. Recently, in the face of the decline of cinema in developed countries, nations with little experience in the area of filmmaking have produced valuable works; and I have to think about this more seriously after seeing Kiarostami’s films.”
An unprecedented comment by Kurosawa who seldom talks about other director’s films. In fact, during the past 43 years he has only written about the works of Andrei Tarkovsky, John Cassavetes, Ray and now Kiarostami.