by Chris MaGee
It's hard to believe, but 2010 is already beginning to wind down. Where does the time go? If there's one thing that this year will be known for amongst Japanese film fans it'll be that this was the centenary of the birth of master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. So far this occasion has been celebrated with a monumental DVD box set from the Criterion Collection, a coffee table book by film historian Peter Cowie and retrospective screenings of Kurosawa's work in cities around the globe. Sadly this year also saw the plan for a Akira Kurosawa Memorial Museum shelved after gross mismanagement of the late director's estate came to light. On the upside 2010 hasn't come to a close yet and Akira Kurosawa fans in Tokyo can catch an exhibit which just opened at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Ebisu. Titled "Akira Kurosawa Centenary Exhibition - All For Cinema" the 11-day exhibit features 150 storyboard drawings by Kurosawa for such classic films as "Ran", "Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo", plus those attending can catch screenings of Kurosawa's films as well.
Read more details about the exhibition here, and our thanks goes to The Japan Times for making us aware of this event.