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Wild Side Early Kurosawa Blu-ray

Four early Kurosawa films to be released on Blu-ray and DVD in France

  28 July 2015 French speakers have much reason to rejoice, for Wild Side Video will be releasing four early Akira Kurosawa films this autumn. The films, included on two double feature Blu-ray + DVD releases, are No Regrets for Our Youth (Je ne regrette rien de ma jeunesse) and The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (Qui marche sur la queue du tigre) on the blue-spine set, and One Wonderful Sunday (Un merveilleux dimanche) and The Most Beautiful (Le plus dignement) on the rose coloured one. Read »
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Akira Kurosawa’s Ran will return to cinemas
46 hours ago    1    Vili Maunula
What next for the Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club?
4 days ago    20    Ugetsu
Film Club: The Sea Is Watching (Kumai, 2002)
8 days ago    8    Ugetsu
Film Club: Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata, 1988)
8 days ago    16    Ugetsu
Review: ‘Compound Cinematics – Akira Kurosawa and I’
2 weeks ago    15    Vili Maunula
Midnight Eye and the state of Contemporary Japanese Cinema
3 weeks ago    4    Ugetsu
85 years ago today: Actress Miki Odagiri born
3 weeks ago    3    Ugetsu
Film Club: After the Rain (Koizumi, 1999)
June 30    7    Ugetsu
Kurosawa films to watch
June 28    19    Ugetsu
BFI discussion of The Hidden Fortress
June 24    2    Vili Maunula
Happy 95th birthday, Setsuko Hara!
June 21    2    Vili Maunula
Film Club: Madadayo (Akira Kurosawa, 1993)
May 30    11    Vili Maunula
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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

Autumn 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 The Sea is Watching (Kumai 2002).

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.