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.
|Year||Original title of remake||English title||Remake of||Director||Country of origin||Kurosawa credited?|
|1955||Sugata Sanshiro||Sanshiro Sugata||Sanshiro Sugata||Shigeo Tanaka||Japan||Yes|
|1960||The Magnificent Seven||—||Seven Samurai||John Sturges||USA||Yes|
|Rashomon (Television)[note 1]||—||Rashomon||Sidney Lumet||USA||Yes|
|1964||Per un pugno di dollari||A Fistful of Dollars||Yojimbo (unauthorized)[note 2]||Sergio Leone||Italy-Spain-West Germany||No|
|The Outrage||—||Rashomon||Martin Ritt||USA||Yes|
|1965||Sugata Sanshiro||Sanshiro Sugata||Sanshiro Sugata and
Sanshiro Sugata II
|Seiichiro Uchikawa||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
|The Hidden Fortress||Fu Di Lin||Taiwan – Hong Kong||Yes|
|1973||Nora Inu||Stray Dog||Stray Dog||Azuma Morisaki||Japan||Yes|
|1980||Battle Beyond the Stars||—||Seven Samurai (Unauthorized)||Jimmy T. Murakami
Roger Corman (uncredited)
|1984||The Warrior and the Sorceress||—||Yojimbo||John C. Broderick||USA||No|
|1989||Zhong yi qun ying||Seven Warriors||Seven Samurai||Terry Tong||Hong Kong||Yes, at least on the DVD cover.|
|1996||Omega Doom||—||Yojimbo||Albert Pyun||USA||No|
|1996||Last Man Standing||—||Yojimbo||Walter Hill||USA||Yes|
|2001||Kaze no Yojimbo (anime television series)||—||Yojimbo||Hayato Date||Japan||Yes|
|2004||Samurai 7 (anime television series)||—||Seven Samurai||Toshifumi Takizawa (and others)||Japan—USA||Yes|
|2007||Tsubaki Sanjurō||Sanjurō Tsubaki||Sanjuro||Yoshimitsu Morita||Japan||Yes|
|Tengoku to Jigoku||Heaven and Hell||High and Low||Yasuo Tsuruhashi||Japan (TV)||No|
|2008||Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess||Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess||The Hidden Fortress||Shinji Higuchi||Japan||Yes|
|2011||U-Mong Pa Meung||At the Gate of the Ghost||Rashomon||ML.Phundevanop Devakula||Thailand||Yes|
|2012||Gwanghae, Wangyidoen namja||Masquerade||Kagemusha||Chang-min Choo||South Korea||No|
|2016||The Magnificent Seven||—||Seven Samurai||Antoine Fuqua||USA||Yes|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.