When Kurosawa brought his completed debut film before the censors, they were extremely reluctant to approve it. One of them told the director that “the way the characters address each other, or the kissing scene on the stairs, suggests Western influences,” recalled Kurosawa. The filmmaker “has reached his peak and is on the verge of success” when co-director Yasujirō Ozu intervened and said that his film received a more than perfect score – 120 out of 100. “Thanks to Ozu, the film was approved,” Kurosawa confirmed.
Fortunately, Japanese filmmakers were not constrained by these censors for long. “The first thing Americans did [after winning World War II] escaped the censors. I’m impressed by that,” said the “Seven Samurai” director. His final confrontation with the Ministry took place after the war, when he made “The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail.” ” but Kurosawa was summoned before them. was shot without proper approval. It would not be released until 1952, when the previous moderator was replaced by a more tolerant successor.
The Japanese government of the 1940s had a lot of suspicious activity, but their media censorship was among the worst. Kurosawa is universally recognized as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, and it’s heartbreaking to think that the world has stripped him of his first work because of anti-Western sentiment.
https://www.slashfilm.com/943624/akira-kurosawas-early-career-was-a-constant-struggle-with-the-censors/ Akira Kurosawa’s early career was a constant struggle with the censors