Influential Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and frequent collaborators Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryûzô Kikushima, and Hideo Oguni co-wrote a number of the director’s classic films together, including Throne Of Blood (1957) and The Hidden Fortress (1958), while members of the quartet worked in various combinations, sometimes with additional writers, to pen Seven Samurai (1954), Yojimbo (1961), Sanjuro (1962), High And Low (1963), Red Beard (1965), and Ran (1985). The WGAW will honor the creative team’s legacy with the Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement, given “on an occasional basis to honor screenwriters working outside the U.S. and in other languages”, at Sunday’s ceremony in Los Angeles. Here’s the release:

Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) has named a quartet of iconic Japanese filmmakers – Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryûzô Kikushima, and Hideo Oguni – as honorees of its 2013 Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement, given to an international writer(s) who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of screenwriter.

The four screenwriters, among other honorees, will be feted at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Sunday, February 17, at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.

“Our Jean Renoir Award, honoring those non-U.S. writers whose work has raised the bar for all of us, this year goes to Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Ryûzô Kikushima, and Shinobu Hashimoto, honoring the writing at the heart of the Japanese cinema,” said WGAW Vice President Howard A. Rodman. “These four men, working in loose collaboration, are responsible for writing many, many masterpieces – films that reflect the Japanese culture, and have given all of us a taste of the sublime.”