Ryūzō Kikushima

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Ryuzo Kikushima (菊島 隆三, Kikushima Ryūzō, 1 March 1914 – 18 March 1989[1]) was a Japanese writer and film producer who is best known for co-writing the screenplays for several Akira Kurosawa films, including Throne of Blood, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo and High and Low.[2] He also produced several of Kurosawa's early 1960s films.[2] In addition to his work with Kurosawa, screenplays he wrote or co-wrote include Tora! Tora! Tora!, Hiroshi Inagaki's Arashi and The Birth of Japan, and Mikio Naruse's When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, on which he also served as producer.[2]

In 2013, Kikushima and frequent screenwriting collaborators Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni were awarded the Jean Renoir Award by the Writers Guild of America West.[3]


  1. ^ "Kikushima Ryūzō". Kotobanku (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Ryuzo Kikushima". IMDB. Retrieved 2015-01-01.
  3. ^ Sunrider, V. (January 29, 2013). "Akira Kurosawa to Receive Writers Guild Award". Filmofilia. Retrieved 2015-01-01.

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