Remakes of films by Akira Kurosawa

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A number of Akira Kurosawa's films have been remade.

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 (1977) did with The Hidden Fortress (1958).

The 1999 movie Inferno (Desert Heat) with Jean Claude Van Damme is also a remake of Yojimbo. It was directed by John G. Avildsen who asked his name to be changed from the credits to Danny Mulroon because of creative differences.

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


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 Yes
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
a.k.a., The Last Days of Hsin Yang
a.k.a., 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
1984 The Warrior and the Sorceress John C. Broderick Yojimbo USA No
1989 Zhong yi qun ying Seven Warriors Terry Tong Seven Samurai Hong Kong Yes, at least on the DVD cover.
1996 Omega Doom Albert Pyun Yojimbo USA No
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
2011 U-Mong Pa Meung At the Gate of the Ghost ML.Phundevanop Devakula Rashomon Thailand Yes
2012 Gwanghae, Wangyidoen namja Masquerade Chang-min Choo Kagemusha South Korea No
2016 The Magnificent Seven Antoine Fuqua Seven Samurai USA Yes



  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.


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


  • 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.