Jean Renoir (1894-1979) - French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. Photo by Henri Dauman, 1961
Akira Kurosawa (1910–1998), Japanese film director, screenwriter, producer and editor. Shanshiro Sugata, Drunken Angel, Rashomon, The Idiot, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Sanjuro, Yojimbo, Dodesukaden, and Dersu Uzala. Kagemusha and Ran. He was a descendant of Samurai -- Member of a former samurai family from Akita Prefecture.
Yasuziro Ozu Japanese director
Hayao Miyazaki, renowned Japanese artist, animator, and director. "I believe that a film should represent a very intimate personal encounter between what's on the screen and an individual's heart."
Sam Peckinpah (American western & controversial film director: The Wild Bunch , The Ballad of Cable Hogue , Straw Dogs , Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid , Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia ).