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Film Club: The Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa, 1958)

  1 October 2019 This October we continue our journey through Akira Kurosawa's samurai works with the 1958 film The Hidden Fortress. Read »

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Film Club: The Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa, 1958)
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The Kurosawa estate?
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Do we continue with the film club?
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Film Club: Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, 1954)
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Film Club: Rashomon (Kurosawa, 1950)
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Sturgill Simpson and Yojimbo
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Book Review: Takashi Shimura – Chameleon of Japanese Cinema
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Kurosawa Prod/Estate
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Gerou (Justin Ambrosino)
August 29    1    Vili Maunula
Seven Samurai Kyuzo master swordsman
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New book from Bert Cardullo: Close Watching (includes Kurosawa essay)
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Film Club: Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
June 20    1    Ugetsu
Film Club: Kagemusha (Kurosawa, 1980)
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Film Club: Persona (Bergman, 1966)
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Machiko Kyo
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Western actors in "Sanshiro Sugata part 2"
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Recent & Upcoming Events

December 15, 2018
Eric San Juan's book Akira Kurosawa: A Viewer's Guide was published. The book is a great introduction to Kurosawa's films.

November 2018
Peter Tasker's On Kurosawa: A Tribute to the Master Director is published. Modelled after the Japanese literary genre of zuihitsu, it's a fun collection of essays, short stories, poems, quotes and pictures.

October 8, 2018
A Japanese musical based on Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru opens in Japan.

Summer 2018
An exhibition of posters made for Akira Kurosawa’s films runs in Tokyo until September.

September 8, 2016
A remake of The Magnificent Seven, itself an adaptation of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, was released. It wasn't very good.

October 17, 2015
Many Beautiful Things, a film co-produced by Kurosawa Production Co, released.

March, 2015
Shinobu Hashimoto's book Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I is published in English

17 January, 2015
Samurai 7 musical opens in Japan

November, 2014
Peter Wild's book Akira Kurosawa is published

October 4, 2014
A short film produced by Kurosawa Production is screens at Raindance 2014

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

March, 2011
Akira Kurosawa Foundation dissolves

6 March, 2011
Kurosawa museum in Imari closes

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!

Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club

The Akira Kurosawa Online Film Club opened in May 2008 and has discussed almost a hundred films since.

Each month our community of Kurosawa fans looks at a new film. Anyone is welcome to share their thoughts and questions in a friendly, easygoing and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. This month, we are discussing The Hidden Fortress (Akira Kurosawa).

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.

High and Low remake
Since at least the early 1990s, Martin Scorsese has reportedly been working to get Kurosawa's High and Low remade in Hollywood. The last we heard was in 2010, when Mike Nichols was set to direct and comedian Chris Rock was working on the script.

Ikiru remake
English producer Stephen Wolley is reportedly developing a remake of Ikiru that could start shooting in 2019.

The Mask of the Black Death
A Chinese studio is working on Kurosawa's until now unfilmed Edgar Allan Poe adaptation The Mask of the Black Death.

Rashomon TV adaptations
Two upcoming TV series based on Rashomon were announced in late 2018: NBC's Prism and the still untitled anthology series developed by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television.

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, from 2011.

I suppose all of my films have a common theme.
If I think about it though, the only theme I can think of is really a question:
Why can't people be happier together?

- Akira Kurosawa -