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  21 April 2015        0 This time around, the latest Akira Kurosawa related news and articles roundup contains film school news, some articles, a podcast, and news about the Ran actor Daisuke Ryū. Tired of just watching films? Read »
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Actress Miki Sanjō dies at age 86

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Grave of the Fireflies: Class and hierarchy
2 days ago    6    Vili Maunula
Film Club: Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata, 1988)
2 days ago    11    Vili Maunula
Watch This: Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement
2 weeks ago    7    Vili Maunula
50 years ago today: Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard released
2 weeks ago    2    Longstone
Keiko Awaji dies at age 80
2 weeks ago    3    dylanexpert
Shinobu Hashimoto’s book “Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I” published
2 weeks ago    1    dylanexpert
95 years ago today: Actor Toshiro Mifune born
2 weeks ago    7    Ugetsu
Film Club: Rhapsody in August (1991)
2 weeks ago    6    lawless
Film Club: Dreams (1990)
3 weeks ago    11    lawless
3 weeks ago    5    Ugetsu
Film Club: Tampopo (Itami, 1985)
3 weeks ago    7    Shintsurezuregusa
25 years ago today: Akira Kurosawa receives an honorary Oscar
4 weeks ago    2    Ugetsu
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Recent & Upcoming Events

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

7 January, 2014
Criterion releases a new Throne of Blood on Blu-ray and DVD

18 March, 2014
Criterion releases a new edition of The Hidden Fortress on Blu-ray and DVD

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

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

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

April, 2015
BFI releases a new Rashomon Blu-ray

Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club

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

Each month we discuss a new film and everyone is welcome to share their thoughts and questions in a friendly, easygoing and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. This month, we are discussing Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata 1988).

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 - Martin Scorsese has been working since the early 1990s to get Kurosawa's High and Low remade in Hollywood. Mike Nichols is currently set to direct, while comedian Chris Rock is working on the script. Here's the latest.

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.

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, which at least at some point was based on an unfilmed Kurosawa script. Check out the Ni-oh tag for the latest news.