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Kurosawa digital archive just blew my mind

This is going to be a slightly nerdy post but I was so excited when, just yesterday, Kyoto’s Ryukoku University unveiled a digital archive of legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Consisting of over 20,000 photographs, manuscripts, notes and other artifacts, this is easily the most extensive database of memorabilia related to the director and his work, as well as a fascinating look behind the scenes.

The interface is surprisingly user-friendly, however it’s completely in Japanese. But if you are able to recognize some movie titles in Japanese you may be able to navigate around.

Check out these images from the set of The Seven Samurai
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…and this one from Rashomon
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…and these of Kurosawa in New York walking around Rockefeller Center! Right where I work!! AAHHH!

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via Mainichi Daily News

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4 comments

1 maia { 05.28.09 at 4:21 am }

Wow, that is something else! I vividly remember sitting in on a Japanese film class in college for an entire semester. I went once with a friend and was so riveted that I just stayed. I’ve always been glad of that introduction.

2 maia { 05.28.09 at 12:21 am }

Wow, that is something else! I vividly remember sitting in on a Japanese film class in college for an entire semester. I went once with a friend and was so riveted that I just stayed. I’ve always been glad of that introduction.

3 Global Voices Online » Japan: Akira Kurosawa Digital Archive { 06.03.09 at 10:34 am }

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4 Japan: Akira Kurosawa Digital Archive :: Elites TV { 06.03.09 at 1:09 pm }

[...] Johnny at Spoon & Tamago excitedly introduces a digital archive of film director Akira Kurosasawa from Ryukoku University: “Consisting of over 20,000 photographs, manuscripts, notes and other artifacts, this is easily the most extensive database of memorabilia related to the director and his work, as well as a fascinating look behind the scenes.” The archive site is in Japanese but click around on the links on the left panel to see the images. (01.-11. is Rashomon) [...]