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Review: Peter Wild’s Akira Kurosawa (Critical Lives)

Akira Kurosawa Peter Wild2 November 2014 (1 comment) Peter Wild’s Akira Kurosawa is the first new English language Kurosawa book to come out in two years, and the first serious attempt at a more...

Film Club: Ran (1985)

Ran1 November 2014 (2 comments) Ran, the film of the month for our Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club, holds a special place in Kurosawa’s oeuvre. It is the last of more...

Film Club: The Ballad of Narayama (Imamura, 1983)

The Ballad of Narayama1 October 2014 (7 comments) Shōhei Imamura’s 1983 The Ballad of Narayama is our film club’s feature for this October. It could be described as a movie about birth, death more...

Kurosawa Production produced short film to screen at Raindance 2014

The Hound of Heaven16 September 2014 October 4 will see the world premiere of a new short film produced by Kurosawa Production and titled The Hound of Heaven. The film, directed more...

Shirley Yamaguchi dies at age 94

Shirley Yamaguchi14 September 2014 (1 comment) 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...

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Latest Discussion

Film Club: The Ballad of Narayama (Imamura, 1983)

Last post 3 weeks ago by Ugetsu (total posts: 7)

The Ballad of Narayama (1983): The village as a microcosm of life.

Last post 3 weeks ago by Ugetsu (total posts: 5)

Film Club: Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)

Last post 3 weeks ago by Vili Maunula (total posts: 13)

Film Club: Ran (1985)

Last post 3 weeks ago by cocoskyavitch (total posts: 2)

Review: Peter Wild's Akira Kurosawa (Critical Lives)

Last post 4 weeks ago by Ugetsu (total posts: 1)

Film Club: Kagemusha (1980)

Last post September 22nd by Ugetsu (total posts: 4)

Shirley Yamaguchi dies at age 94

Last post September 22nd by Ugetsu (total posts: 1)

Teruyo Nogami's "Waiting on the Weather"

Last post September 13th by Vili Maunula (total posts: 2)

Film Club: Dersu Uzala (1975)

Last post September 5th by lawless (total posts: 7)

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

Last post September 4th by lawless (total posts: 13)

Rashomon: POV and the Male Gaze

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