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Film Club: The Great Dictator (Chaplin, 1940)

  1 May 2016 The Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club continues its exploration of propaganda films with Charlie Chaplin‘s satirical 1940 film The Great Dictator. Inspired by Leni Riefenstahl‘s Triumph of the Will and intended as a response to Hitler’s rise to power, The Great Dictator sees Chaplin playing the double role of a Hitler-like dictator Hynkel, as well as a Jewish barber who gets the chance of a lifetime to change the course of history when he is mistaken for the leader. Read »

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27 May, 2009
Akira Kurosawa Digital Archive opens, making over 20,000 images available: scans of screenplays, photos, storyboards, drawings, notes, newspaper clippings, personal scribblings and much more!

6 March, 2011
Kurosawa museum in Imari closes

March, 2011
Akira Kurosawa Foundation dissolves

April, 2011
Company that owned a 50% stake in Kurosawa's screenplays goes bankrupt

23 October, 2012
Applause publishes All the Emperor's Men

October 4, 2014
A short film produced by Kurosawa Production is screens at Raindance 2014

November, 2014
Peter Wild's new book Akira Kurosawa is published

November, 2014
Richard D. Pepperman's book on Seven Samurai is published

17 January, 2015
Samurai 7 musical opens in Japan

March, 2015
Shinobu Hashimoto's book Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I is published in English

September 2015
BFI releases a new Rashomon Blu-ray

Late 2015
Many Beautiful Things, a film co-produced by Kurosawa Production Co, released.

Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club

The Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club opened in May 2008 and has discussed almost a hundred films since.

Each month our community of Kurosawa fans looks at a new film. Anyone is welcome to share their thoughts and questions in a friendly, easygoing and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. This month, we are discussing The Great Dictator (Chaplin, 1940).

For more information, see the film club page.

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Other Topical Issues

Gendai no noo (Modern Noh) - As part of a project to celebrate his centenary, Kurosawa's unfinished 1983 documentary on Noh theatre was to be completed and released sometime in 2010. Current status unknown.

The Masque of Black Death - Also related to AK100, Kurosawa's unfilmed script for Edgar Allan Poe's Masque of Red Death was to be turned into an animated film. Current status unknown.

High and Low remake - Since at least the early 1990s, Martin Scorsese has reportedly been working to get Kurosawa's High and Low remade in Hollywood. The last we heard was in 2010, when Mike Nichols was set to direct and comedian Chris Rock was working on the script.

Seven Samurai Hollywood remake - The Weinstein Company and Kurosawa Production are working on a contemporary remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Here's the latest, from 2011.

Another Seven Samurai project - Christopher McQuarrie has announced a multi-platform project about US Navy SEALs, inspired by Seven Samurai. See here for the latest.

The Magnificent Seven remake - A remake of the Magnificent Seven, itself an adaptation of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, is under production. See here for the latest.

Ni-oh - Koei is working on a video game that at least at some point was based on an unfilmed Kurosawa script. See here for the latest news.