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A Look at the New ‘Ikiru’ Musical

  17 October 2018 The new musical based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 film Ikiru opened last week in Tokyo. While I have no way of attending a performance, I thought I’d take a look and see what I can find online. Read »

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Recent & Upcoming Events

October 8, 2018
A Japanese musical based on Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru opens in Japan.

Summer 2018
An exhibition of posters made for Akira Kurosawa’s films runs in Tokyo until September.

September 8, 2016
A remake of The Magnificent Seven, itself an adaptation of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, was released. It wasn't very good.

October 17, 2015
Many Beautiful Things, a film co-produced by Kurosawa Production Co, released.

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

17 January, 2015
Samurai 7 musical opens in Japan

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

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

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

March, 2011
Akira Kurosawa Foundation dissolves

6 March, 2011
Kurosawa museum in Imari closes

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!

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 Taking a break.

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.

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.

Ikiru remake
English producer Stephen Wolley is reportedly developing a remake of Ikiru that could start shooting in 2019.

The Mask of the Black Death
A Chinese studio is working on Kurosawa's until now unfilmed Edgar Allan Poe adaptation The Mask of the Black Death.

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.