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Shirley Yamaguchi dies at age 94

Shirley Yamaguchi14 September 2014 Actress Shirley Yamaguchi (born Yoshiko Yamaguchi, also known as Yoshiko Ōtaka and Li Xianglan) has passed away due to heart failure at the age of more...

Magnificent Seven remake gets a director, Samurai 7 gets a musical treatment, Hulu gets a samurai weekend

The Magnificent Seven13 September 2014 Following a somewhat busy start to the month, here are some more small Akira Kurosawa related news stories that have emerged in the past few more...

Seven Samurai remake gets a director, Hateful Eight gets a studio, Toshiro Mifune gets a documentary

4 September 2014 (2 comments) A couple of Akira Kurosawa related news stories have been circulating the interwebs these past few days. First of all, remember that Seven Samurai remake more...

Film Club: Kagemusha (1980)

Kagemusha1 September 2014 This month our AK film club will be taking a look at Akira Kurosawa’s 1980 film Kagemusha (影武者). It is funny how some things turn more...

Two new Akira Kurosawa books to be published later this year

Akira Kurosawa Peter Wild8 August 2014 It has been a while since we had any news of a new Kurosawa publication, so it is a pleasant surprise to find out that more...

BFI to release Akira Kurosawa Samurai Collection as a Blu-ray box set

BFI Akira Kurosawa Samurai Collection2 August 2014 The British Film Institute is currently preparing Akira Kurosawa Samurai Collection, a four-disc Blu-ray box set containing five of Kurosawa’s samurai films which will be more...

Film Club: Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)

Princess Mononoke1 August 2014 (11 comments) Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫, Mononoke-hime, “The Spirit Princess”) is our film club’s title for August. It is an animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki more...

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Latest Discussion

Teruyo Nogami's "Waiting on the Weather"

Last post 3 days ago by Vili Maunula (total posts: 2)

Film Club: Dersu Uzala (1975)

Last post 1 weeks ago by lawless (total posts: 7)

Film Club: The Human Condition (Kobayashi, 1959-1961)

Last post 2 weeks ago by lawless (total posts: 13)

Film Club: Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)

Last post 2 weeks ago by lawless (total posts: 11)

Rashomon: POV and the Male Gaze

Last post August 17th by Vili Maunula (total posts: 26)

The Wind Rises

Last post August 6th by Ugetsu (total posts: 9)

Film Club: Throne of Blood (1957)

Last post August 5th by lawless (total posts: 4)

Princess Mononoke

Last post August 4th by Ugetsu (total posts: 9)

Film Club: Dora-Heita (Kon Ichikawa, 2000)

Last post July 22nd by Vili Maunula (total posts: 15)

Spring in a Small Town

Last post July 14th by Vili Maunula (total posts: 2)
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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!

30 October, 2009
Lars-Martin Sorensen's Censorship of Japanese Cinema published

9 March, 2010
Peter Cowie's Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema published

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

May, 2011
New Kurosawa documentary premieres at Cannes

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

6 November, 2012
Criterion releases a new high definition restoration of Rashomon

21 October, 2013
BFI releases a new blu-ray Seven Samurai

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

Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club

Our Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club kicked off in May 2008 with lively discussion on Rashomon.

Our intention is to go through Kurosawa's whole oeuvre one film at a time. Discussion of a new film will commence on the first of every month.

For more information and schedules, see the film club page.

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.

The Magnificent Eleven - Irvine Welsh is working on a soccer remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Out in 2012.

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 details.

The Magnificent Seven remake - Tom Cruise is attached to star in a remake of the Magnificent Seven, itself an adaptation of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. See here for the announcement.

Jim Sheridan's Ikiru remake - There have been rumours that Jim Sheridan is working on a remake of Kurosawa's Ikiru. Very little is currently known about the project.

Ni-oh - Koei is working on a video game, which at least at some point was based on an unfilmed Kurosawa script. Here is the latest.