Japan’s Akira Kurosawa Film Festival starts today in Manila

MANILA, Philippines — Twenty-one of the 30 completed films of Akira Kurosawa, also known as the “Emperor of the Japanese cinema,” will be shown in Manila starting today and until Sept. 30 as part of an international commemoration of the celebrated director’s 100th birth anniversary.

Kurosawa, the youngest of seven children, was born in the Setagaya district of Tokyo on March 23, 1910 and died on Sept. 6, 1998 due to stroke. He was 88. A reporter, who had lived in Setagaya district during his student days at Sophia University and while working at the head office of Kyodo News, remembers the outpouring of grief in his Setagaya neighborhood when the news of Kurosawa’s death was publicly announced.

This deep sadness was replicated in the whole of Japan.Shuji Takatori, director of the Japan Foundation – Manila, said in an exclusive interview that the Philippines is the only country in Southeast Asia where a Kurosawa retrospective is being held.

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