Ed Wood and Akira Kurosawa are not necessarily a pair that one tends to think of together. With one commonly being called the “worst director of all time”, and the other generally considered as one of the greatest film makers in the history of cinema, this is perhaps not surprising.
I therefore really had no choice but to jump for the opportunity to link to it when I read an article at the stripperversusdvds blog by Sir Cranky, linking the two legendary film directors. At the end of his entry, Cranky asserts:
…although I wouldn’t class Wood with Kurosawa, I will say he is as much a solid part of our world film heritage as the late “emperor” of the Japanese cinema is. They both clearly loved the medium in which they worked, and a love for filmmaking is one of the things that motivates and makes their films memorable.
And I think that he is right. You find connections in the weirdest places.
Update: Sir Cranky has written another post, this time on Yojimbo, and it mentions Akira Kurosawa News and Information and links here. Thank you, Cranky! (I would thank you on the blog, but commenting would require joining Blogstream.)