'Star Wars,' 'Speed' And Other Movies Inspired By Akira Kurosawa On His 100th Birthday

'Star Wars,' 'Speed' And Other Movies Inspired By Akira Kurosawa On His 100th Birthday
Today is the 100th birthday of Japanese master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. He died back in 1998, but his films carry on his legacy in many ways. First, obviously, there are the literal titles that continue to be watched and studied religiously (13 of them are being aired on Turner Classic Movies today). Second, there are the upcoming remakes of "Seven Samurai," "High and Low," "Rashomon" and "Ikiru" in development. And third, there are those films directly inspired by Kurosawa's films.

Kurosawa himself had many influences, and a number of his films were loose remakes or direct adaptations of everything from Westerns to Dostoyevsky to films noir to Shakespeare. So it's unlikely he'd be upset about the idea that his work has gone on to influence some of today's most notable filmmakers. He might even be enjoying some of the following blockbuster movies, all owing much to his work, from beyond the grave:
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Full trailer out for Hiroyuki Nakano’s samurai film ‘Tajomaru’

Oh how we have waited with bated breath for the return of Japanese director Hiroyuki Nakano to return with another film. I am a mighty fan of both Samurai Fiction and Stereo Future. I gave Red Shadow a miss and I haven’t been able to see any of the short film work he has done in recent years so his record is pretty much unblemished in my opinion. And it has been long enough since he last did a feature film perhaps all this short film work in the meantime has put him back on track to deliver us another gem. We hope Tajomaru is that film, Nakano’s adaptation of the short story “In a Grove” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. I’m a bit mixed about the new trailer, some parts seem a bit silly and Jpop gets me every time, but final judgment is reserved for when I
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First Teaser Trailer for Tajomaru

Warner Japan has released a first teaser trailer for Hiroyuki Nakano’s Tajomaru. The film is based on the short story ‘In a Grove’ by Ryunosuke Akutagawa which Akira Kurosawa also based his 1950 Rashomon on.

Luckily, this won’t be another remake but rather a new backstory for the bandit Tajomaru that takes place before the crime discussed in Kurosawa’s classic.

[See post to watch Flash video] [via Nippon Cinema]

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See What I Wanna See To Be Presented By 5th Floor 2/27-2/28

The first New York revival of Michael John Lachiusa's musical See What I Wanna See is being presented this weekend on February 27th and 28th. The original production premiered at the Public Theatre in the fall of 2005, and this limited engagement is being presented by 5th Floor Productions. See What I Wanna See is based on a collection of short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, with original music and lyrics by Michael John Lachiusa. Spanning from feudal Japan to present day New York City, the contemporary musical examines the nature of truth in a post 9/11 world through the eyes of several distinct and unique characters.
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