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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!
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
Akira Kurosawa Foundation dissolves
Company that owned a 50 % stake in Kurosawa's screenplays goes bankrupt
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
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.
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.