Online University Launches Akira Kurosawa School of Film

Film Music Magazine • March 3, 2009

Globally acclaimed Japanese Film Maker Akira Kurosawa, whose award-winning cinematic masterpieces inspired such classic Hollywood movies as Star Wars (The Hidden Fortress), the Magnificent Seven (Seven Samurai) and A Fistful of Dollars (Yojimbo) is being honored through the naming of Anaheim University’s Akira Kurosawa School of Film.

On March 23, 2009 Anaheim University will launch a state-of-the-art online digital film school in honor of film director, producer and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa (March 23, 1910 – Sept 6, 1998) at a black-tie event called “The Cherry Blossom Gala”. The online Film School is being established for potential filmmakers throughout the world and endeavors to enroll students in online certificate and MFA programs in Digital Filmmaking commencing September 2009.

According to Chief Communications Officer David Bracey, “March 23rd would have been Akira Kurosawa’s 99th birthday, and the Cherry Blossom Gala and Akira Kurosawa Tribute will kick off a year-long worldwide tribute to the late, great filmmaker. As he has been revered by such masters of the silver screen as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, film directors, actors and media from the U.S. and Japan are expected to be in attendance. Kurosawa is a film industry icon and this promises to be a star-studded spectacular.”

The Gala, which is organized and co-hosted by Anaheim University, the Academia Foundation, the Kurosawa Family and the AK100 Project, will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Japanese-themed entertainment includes a Japanese art and cultural exhibition, a kimono show, and traditional dancers. One of the highlights promises to be a film concert during a condensed screening of Kurosawa’s Academy Award-winning “Ran”, when renowned Japanese female conductor Tomomi Nishimoto will conduct the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra. A special tribute to the late American TV and Film Actress and Star of the 1988 film Tokyo Pop Ms. Carrie Hamilton (daughter of Actress and Comedienne Carol Burnett), as well as a few important individuals who influenced and contributed to the development of the School of Film will also be held.

The Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School of Film will unveil details of its online digital film programs as well as reveal a number of heavily guarded secrets including which award-winning global TV channel and which multinational manufacturer will join forces with the School of Film to introduce a technical innovation and a new form of filmmaking that is guaranteed to gain the attention of filmmakers worldwide.

Tickets for the Cherry Blossom Gala may be obtained by visiting


By Yojimbo on March 8th, 2009 at 1:30 am

I read Spielberg and Scorsese are part of the tribute…anyone know if Lucas or Coppola will show?

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