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, adapt, or parody individual plot elements or characters from a Kurosawa film without adapting the entire film, as Star Wars (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.

The information below is derived from the Akira Kurosawa's IMDb page and the director's filmography by Galbraith (2002). [1] :651–751


YearOriginal title of remakeEnglish titleRemake ofDirectorCountry of originKurosawa credited?
1955Sugata SanshiroSanshiro SugataSanshiro SugataShigeo TanakaJapanYes
1960 The Magnificent Seven Seven Samurai John Sturges USANo [lower-alpha 1]
Rashomon (Television) [lower-alpha 2] Rashomon Sidney Lumet USAYes
1964Per un pugno di dollari A Fistful of Dollars Yojimbo (unauthorized) [lower-alpha 3] </ref> Sergio Leone Italy-Spain-West GermanyNo
The Outrage Rashomon Martin Ritt USAYes
1965Sugata SanshiroSanshiro SugataSanshiro Sugata and
Sanshiro Sugata II
Seiichiro UchikawaJapanYes [lower-alpha 4]
1966 Django Yojimbo Sergio Corbucci Italy-SpainNo
1968Xue chengThe Last Day of Hsianyang,
a.k.a. The Last Days of Hsin Yang,
a.k.a. They Died For Their Princess
The Hidden FortressFu Di LinTaiwan – Hong KongYes
1973Nora InuStray DogStray Dog Azuma Morisaki JapanYes
1976Il conto è chiuso The Last Round Yojimbo Stelvio Massi ItalyNo
1980 Battle Beyond the Stars Seven Samurai (unauthorized) Jimmy T. Murakami
Roger Corman (uncredited)
1984 The Warrior and the Sorceress Yojimbo John C. Broderick USANo
1989Zhong yi qun ying Seven Warriors Seven Samurai Terry Tong Hong KongYes, at least on the DVD cover.
1996 Omega Doom Yojimbo Albert Pyun USANo
1996 Last Man Standing Yojimbo Walter Hill USAYes
1998 China Gate Seven Samurai Rajkumar Santoshi IndiaYes
2001 Kaze no Yojimbo (anime television series)YojimboHayato DateJapanYes
2004 Seven Samurai 20XX (video game)Seven SamuraiAtsushi IiJapanYes
Samurai 7 (anime television series)Seven SamuraiToshifumi Takizawa (and others)Japan—USAYes
2007Tsubaki SanjurōSanjurō TsubakiSanjuro Yoshimitsu Morita JapanYes
Tengoku to JigokuHeaven and HellHigh and LowYasuo TsuruhashiJapan (TV)No
2008 Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess Hidden Fortress: The Last PrincessThe Hidden Fortress Shinji Higuchi JapanYes
2010 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 2 Episode 17: Bounty HuntersSeven SamuraiSteward LeeUSAThe episode is dedicated to him
2011 U-Mong Pa Meung At the Gate of the GhostRashomon M.L. Phundevanop Devakula ThailandYes
2012Gwanghae, Wangyidoen namjaMasqueradeKagemushaChang-min ChooSouth KoreaNo
2016 The Magnificent Seven Seven Samurai Antoine Fuqua USAYes
2019 The Mandalorian Season 1 Episode 4: Chapter 4: Sanctuary Seven Samurai Bryce Dallas Howard USANo
2020 Living Ikiru Oliver Hermanos UKYes


  1. Although the film credits Seven Samurai as its basis, neither Kurosawa himself nor Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni receive such recognition.
  2. This television version of the Fay and Michael Kanin stage adaptation of the Kurosawa film appeared on the syndicated program The Play of the Week on 12 December 1960.
  3. 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 receiving 15 percent of the Italian film's worldwide box office. See Galbraith (2002). [1] :311–312
  4. 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.

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  1. 1 2 Galbraith, Stuart, IV (2002). The Emperor and the Wolf: The lives and films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune . New York & London: Faber and Faber, Inc. ISBN   0-571-19982-8.