Hollywood consortium to remake ‘Rashomon’

September 23rd, 2008 - 4:35 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, Sep 23 (IANS) A consortium of film entertainment companies from the US, Japan and Singapore has finalised deals to re-make the celebrated Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic “Rashomon” in English, the Hollywood trade magazine ‘Variety’ has reported.Los Angeles-based Harbor Light and Lotus of Tokyo promoted the project, which was later joined by Lexicon Filmed Entertainment of Los Angeles and Singapore’s Upside Down Entertainment.

“Rashomon 2010,” however, will have change of settings, which will move from ancient Japan to contemporary America.

According to ‘Variety’ Monday, the consortium will also make an animation feature, “The Masque of Black Death”, based on a script Kurosawa wrote in 1977 but never made a movie of, though he himself had planned to get it made in animated form by the noted Japanese animator, Osamu Tezuka.

Both “Rashomon 2010″ and the animation feature will be readied for release in 2010, coinciding with Kurosawa’s centenary birthday celebrations, ‘Variety’ said.

“Rashomon” is set in 12th century Japan, where a samurai and his wife are attacked by a bandit, killing the former. The bandit, accused of murder and rape, is put on trial and how he defends himself amidst contradictory statements by four witnesses is what the movie is about.

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