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Film Club: Dersu Uzala (1975)

Dersu Uzala1 July 2014 (2 comments) Our film club title for the month of July is Akira Kurosawa’s 1975 Dersu Uzala, the only film that Kurosawa filmed outside of Japan. Following more...

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

Dora Heita the Explorer1 June 2014 (15 comments) Dodesukaden, our last month’s film club title, was not originally supposed to be the first (and ultimately only) film produced by the Club of Four more...

Film Club: Dodesukaden (1970)

Dodeskaden1 May 2014 (2 comments) After a couple of months with films not directed by Kurosawa, our film club now returns to some more regular programming with Kurosawa’s 1970 feature more...

Rubicon adds a video series to its transmedia franchise

Rubicon25 April 2014 You may remember Rubicon, a multiplatform series from writer Mark Long and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Or you may more...

Film Club: Tora! Tora! Tora! (Fleischer, Masuda & Fukasaku, 1970)

Tora! Tora! Tora!1 April 2014 (20 comments) This April’s Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club feature is the 1970 American-Japanese war film Tora! Tora! Tora!, which dramatizes the planning and execution of the more...

Film Club: Runaway Train (Konchalovsky 1985)

Runaway Train1 March 2014 (4 comments) Choo choo! All aboard the Akira Kurosawa film club! Next stop Alaska. This train does not have a restaurant car. Or a driver, for that more...

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

The Human Condition1 February 2014 (12 comments) February’s Akira Kurosawa film club title is Masaki Kobayashi’s epic film trilogy The Human Condition (人間の條件, Ningen no jōken), released between 1959 and 1961. The more...

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

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The Wind Rises

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Spring in a Small Town

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Film Club: Dersu Uzala (1975)

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Akira Kurosawa's Films on DVD

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Weather as plot elements in Kurosawa movies

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Film Club: Dodesukaden (1970)

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A recent Tatsuya Nakadai interview

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Film Club: Tora! Tora! Tora! (Fleischer, Masuda & Fukasaku, 1970)

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The Raid 2

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

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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.