Teruyo Nogami was a relative newcomer to film production when she was hired as a continuity/script assistant on Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon in 1950. A witness to its filming, and its near destruction in a fire, over the next 50 years she worked on all of the master's subsequent films, from Ikiru, Seven Samurai, and Throne of Blood to Kagemusha, Ran, and Dreams.
No one was more closely involved in Kurosawa's productions. In this memoir, beginning with her bittersweet reminiscences of Japan's post-war film industry and charmingly illustrated with her own sketches, Nogami writes candidly about Kurosawa's energy and creativity, and his famous rages. She tells the inside story on how so many classics of world cinema were made and reveals heretofore unknown details of Kurosawa's volatile relationships with composer Toru Takemitsu and actors Shintaro Katsu and Toshiro Mifune. She also offers many episodes involving Kurosawa and other directors, such as John Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Sidney Lumet, John Cassavetes, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola.
Written by Teruyo Nogami.