As evasive as he was redoubtable, Kenji Mizoguchi has left behind him not only some of the most pictorially exquisite films in the world, but lingering questions about the relationship between his personal life and ideals and these haunting masterpieces.
Few would dispute that Carol Reed is one of the most important directors to have worked in British cinema. His masterpiece, The Third Man, was voted the greatest British film of all time in a BFI poll.
The most widely acclaimed talent to come to prominence in the postwar period was Akira Kurosawa. He had made several features during the war which showed Kurosawa to be a virtuosic, emotionally intense director.