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A website devoted to the study and appreciation of Akira Kurosawa's works and related subjects

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Ikiru musical to premiere this October

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:05:18 +0000


The 20th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s death will be marked with a brand new musical based on the director’s 1952 film Ikiru. Details about the adaptation are still fairly scarce, but the official website lists October 2018 as the premiere month and the TBS Akasaka ACT Theater as the venue. Tickets will come on sale […]

More of Kurosawa’s Unfilmed Screenplays to be Made into Films

Sun, 21 May 2017 06:24:34 +0000


Kurosawa Production and the Chinese production company Jinke Entertainment have signed a deal that gives the latter production rights to all of Akira Kurosawa’s unfilmed screenplays. The deal excludes only The Mask of the Black Death which is already in production at another Chinese company. The deal was announced in Cannes by Jinke Entertainment and […]

Akira Kurosawa Video Section Added

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:22:56 +0000


I have added a new section to the website which collects Akira Kurosawa related videos from around the web. It is divided into two pages: Akira Kurosawa on Video is a collection of videos that feature Kurosawa himself. This includes short documentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, commercials and awards ceremony appearances. Akira Kurosawa Video Essays collects […]

Review: Song of the Horse (Kurosawa 1971 / SamuraiDVD)

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:06:23 +0000


Akira Kurosawa’s 1971 film Song of the Horse has long been something of a mystery for many Kurosawa aficionados. The film, Kurosawa’s only television project, has been entirely overlooked by Kurosawa critics, so much so that it is usually not even included in the director’s filmography. It is also routinely left out of Kurosawa’s biography: […]

Chinese Studio to Produce Kurosawa’s Unfilmed Script

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 08:07:15 +0000


Chinese production studios Huayi Brothers Media and CKF Pictures have announced that they will collaborate on making a film out of Akira Kurosawa‘s unproduced screenplay The Mask of the Black Death. No director has yet been chosen, but the film is tentatively set for release in 2020. Based on Edgar Allan Poe‘s 1842 short story […]

Podcast: Seven Samurai – A Japanese Masterpiece

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:19:14 +0000


BBC’s flagship discussion programme The Forum has recently taken as its subject Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film Seven Samurai. The audio is now available for listening on BBC’s website. The 41-minute show approaches the film from a number of familiar angles. There isn’t much new to anyone who has studied the film in more detail, but […]

Video: The Force of Kurosawa in Star Wars

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:50:39 +0000


It is no secret that George Lucas’s Star Wars films borrow heavily from Japanese samurai films, and Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress in particular. Although Lucas himself is no longer helming the series, this tradition of borrowing continues, as also we have discussed in connection with the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One. ScreenPrism has put […]

Kurosawa cartoon about the importance of reading

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:34:33 +0000


Zen Pencils, a website by artist Gavin Aung Than which adapts famous quotes into the form of cartoon strips, has done a cartoon about Kurosawa. The chosen quote is taken from Kurosawa’s autobiography, where he talks about the importance of reading and how it is central to his own process of creation. Head over to […]

Tatsuya Nakadai joins Twitter

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:50:33 +0000


Veteran actor Tatsuya Nakadai has joined Twitter to promote his upcoming film Lear by the Seashore (Umibe no Lear). Whether the @nakadai84 account will be solely used for the film’s advertising and whether Nakadai himself actually has much to do with it remains to be seen, but it’s been rather quiet on the news front, […]

Mifune documentary opens in the US, honoured with Hollywood star

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:45:12 +0000


The brand new Toshirō Mifune documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai had its premiere in the US theatres yesterday. Until now confined to the film festival circuit, the film should now be playing in the larger cities, although I have trouble finding out where, exactly. By this, I gather the “wide” release isn’t quite as wide […]