Akira Kurosawa is one of the best directors in history. What I didn’t know is that when he was young he wanted to become a painter, but he ended up being a film director. He didn’t stop dedicating time to his passion, he draw every scene of his films by hand; he made colored/artistic storyboards. For example, in order to start filming the movie Ran he was 10 years drawing!
Some pictures from Akirakurosawa.info so you can grasp the essence of Kurosawa’s unique style.
If you’ve never seen a Kurosawa film you can start watching Rashomon for free using Google Video