Writer, scholar, critic, and expert on all things Japanese, Donald Richie is often the first place to go to when Western people want to understand more about Japan. For me, his book A Hundred Years of Japanese Film is a constant reference point for understanding Japanese films. His book on the films of Akira Kurosawa also helped me to gain deeper insight into my favorite director's works. Here is a video of a public conversation he had recently at Berkley, discussing his relationship with Japan and Japanese film (at 85, wow). Hit the 23 min. mark for some words on Kurosawa. Enjoy.