Made for television broadcast in 1999 by British cult-director icon Alex Cox, the documentary Kurosawa: The Last Emperor is a thorough historical chronicle of, naturally, the life and work of Akira Kurosawa. Cox gives the legendary Japanese director an extensive profiling, utilizing the details of ruminations and anecdotes from interviews with family, cast and crew colleagues, friends, and numerous filmmakers. These are incorporated with a wealth of footage from many of Kurosawa’s films, and the result is an informative nonfiction portrait that provides but just one perspective on the multifaceted legacy of one of cinema’s greatest artists.