Remakes of films by Akira Kurosawa

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A number of Akira Kurosawa's films have been remade. The following table shows the remakes that have been released as of July 2010.

Note: This list includes full remakes only; it does not include films whose narratives have been loosely inspired by the basic plot of one or more of the director's films — as A Bug's Life (1998) references both Seven Samurai (1954) and its Hollywood remake The Magnificent Seven (1960) — nor movies that adopt or parody individual plot elements or characters from a Kurosawa film without adapting the entire film, as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope ("Star Wars", 1977) did with The Hidden Fortress (1958).

The information below is derived from the Akira Kurosawa IMDB page[1] and Stuart Galbraith IV's filmography of the director.[2]

Table[edit]

Year Original title of remake English title Director Remake of... Country of origin Kurosawa credited?
1955 Sugata Sanshiro Sanshiro Sugata Shigeo Tanaka Sanshiro Sugata Japan Yes
1960 The Magnificent Seven John Sturges Seven Samurai USA No
Rashomon (Television)[note 1] Sidney Lumet Rashomon USA Yes
1964 Per un pugno di dollari A Fistful of Dollars Sergio Leone Yojimbo (unauthorized)[note 2] Italy-Spain-West Germany No
The Outrage Martin Ritt Rashomon USA Yes
1965 Sugata Sanshiro Sanshiro Sugata Seiichiro Uchikawa Sanshiro Sugata and
Sanshiro Sugata II
Japan Yes[note 3]
1968 Xue cheng The Last Day of Hsianyang
aka, The Last Days of Hsin Yang
aka, They Died For Their Princess
Fu Di Lin The Hidden Fortress Taiwan – Hong Kong Yes
1973 Nora Inu Stray Dog Azuma Morisaki Stray Dog Japan Yes
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Jimmy T. Murakami
Roger Corman (uncredited)
Seven Samurai (Unauthorized) USA No
1989 Zhong yi qun ying Seven Warriors Terry Tong Seven Samurai Hong Kong Yes, at least on the DVD cover.
1996 Last Man Standing Walter Hill Yojimbo USA Yes
2001 Kaze no Yojimbo (anime television series) -- Hayato Date Yojimbo Japan Yes
2004 Samurai 7 (anime television series) Toshifumi Takizawa (and others) Seven Samurai Japan—USA Yes
2007 Tsubaki Sanjurō Sanjurō Tsubaki Yoshimitsu Morita Sanjuro Japan Yes
Tengoku to Jigoku Heaven and Hell Yasuo Tsuruhashi High and Low Japan (TV) No
2008 Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess Shinji Higuchi The Hidden Fortress Japan Yes
2012 Gwanghae, Wangyidoen namja Masquerade Chang-min Choo Kagemusha South Korea No

Notes[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ This television version of the Fay and Michael Kanin stage adaptation of the Kurosawa film appeared on the syndicated program Play of the Week on December 12, 1960.
  2. ^ Sergio Leone took the plot and characters for his classic Western directly from Kurosawa's Yojimbo without authorization. According to one source, during the filming, Leone was "slaving over a moviola machine and copying Yojimbo, changing only the setting and details of the dialogue." Kurosawa himself wrote a letter to Leone, saying "[A Fistful of Dollars] is a very fine film, but it is my film" and demanding payment. The case was eventually settled out of court, with Kurosawa getting 15 percent of the Italian film's worldwide box office. See Galbraith, pp. 311–312.
  3. ^ Kurosawa produced, adapted (from his own scripts) and, according to one source, edited this remake. Future remakes of the Sanshiro Sugata story were based directly upon Tsuneo Tomita's novel, rather than Kurosawa's 1943 film.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Akira Kurosawa". Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  2. ^ Galbraith, pp. 651–751

Sources[edit]

  • Galbraith, Stuart, IV (2002). The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune. New York-London: Faber and Faber, Inc. ISBN 0-571-19982-8.