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Currently playing at the AK film club: Madadayo (Kurosawa 1993)

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35 years ago today: Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha wins at Cannes

  23 May 2015 Exactly 35 years ago, on May 23, 1980, Akira Kurosawa’s film Kagemusha won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It was a highly significant moment for the 70-year-old director who had endured difficulties for much of the preceding 15 years. Read »
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Kurosawa films to watch
3 hours ago    9    kennyg
Film Club: Madadayo (Akira Kurosawa, 1993)
5 hours ago    10    Shintsurezuregusa
65 years ago today: Akira Kurosawa’s Scandal released
13 hours ago    2    Ugetsu
Red Beard: The Mantis and Kurosawa’s Evil Problem
29 hours ago    30    Ugetsu
Maadadayo, Hojoki, and the veneration of Professor Uchida
one week ago    3    Vili Maunula
The Light Shines Only There
2 weeks ago    5    Ugetsu
Film Club: Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata, 1988)
2 weeks ago    12    Ugetsu
70 years ago today: Akira Kurosawa’s Sanshiro Sugata II released
3 weeks ago    1    Shintsurezuregusa
Grave of the Fireflies: Class and hierarchy
4 weeks ago    7    Ugetsu
Reel History: Ran
4 weeks ago    3    lawless
Film Club: Ran (1985)
4 weeks ago    3    lawless
New 4K restoration of Akira Kurosawa’s Ran screens at Cannes
4 weeks ago    1    Longstone
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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

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 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 Madadayo (Kurosawa 1993).

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.