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This time around, the latest Akira Kurosawa related news and articles roundup contains film school news, some articles, a podcast, and news about the Ran actor Daisuke Ryū.

Tired of just watching films? Maybe you want to consider enrolling in an online Master’s degree in digital filmmaking at the Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School of Film, who are now accepting applications for next year’s students. The curriculum includes courses on film theory, history of cinema, film aesthetics, documentary film, game design, screenwriting and many other topics, including a course titled “The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa in Global Context Language”. David Desser, the author of The Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa and many other books and articles on Japanese film, serves as the Dean. The three-year program currently costs $27,125 + additional expenses. The school opened back in 2009.

If neither watching nor studying film is not your thing, maybe reading about them is? Over at CriminalElement.com, Brian Greene (presumably not the physicist) compares Ed McBain’s King’s Ransom and Kurosawa’s High and Low.

Meanwhile, at Genius.com, A. B. Schmidt writes about Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood.

And The Cinematologists podcast discusses Yojimbo.

In more gossipy news, actor Daisuke Ryū, who played the role of the rebellious youngest son Saburo in Kurosawa’s Ran, has reportedly been fired from Martin Scorsese‘s film Silence, which is currently shooting in Taiwan. Ryū had been charged for obstructing and assaulting a local immigration officer. Silence, based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel of the same name, tells the story of two Jesuit priests who face persecution when they travel to Japan to seek out their mentor and spread the teachings of Christianity.

That’s it for this edition of the news and links roundup!





Thanks for the links! The articles on High and Low and Throne of Blood were interesting, although it would have been helpful if the author of the latter knew that Throne of Blood is not a literal translation (or a translation at all, really) of the movie’s Japanese title,

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