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Akira Kurosawa’s unmade films are going to be finished by a Chinese-Japanese team up

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China’s Zhejiang Jinke Entertainment have teamed up with Kurosawa Production to produce the unfinished or unmade titles by the late Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Rashomon, Kagemushka). The first movie to be made by the pair will be Silvering Spear.

Set in the Warring States period, “Silvering Spear” is the tale of a samurai who seeks to use his exceptional talents in altruistic and peace-loving ways. However, he finds himself manipulated by a group of bandits.

Production is expected to begin in 2018.

The deal between Jinke and Kurosawa Production was announced Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival. The agreement covers all of Kurosawa’s unfinished features, with the exception of The Mask of the Black Death.

Jinke is a publisher of mobile applications in China. Kurosawa Production is the 58-year-old company established by Kurosawa and now operated by his grandson Ko Kurosawa.

“We look forward to giving [Kurosawa’s] millions of fans around the world the chance to experience one of his final masterpieces,” said Takayuki Kato, another of the director’s grandsons and a consultant on the project. “We hope this will be the first of many projects on which we work together with Jinke Entertainment.”

“We hope to replicate the success we have achieved in the mobile gaming space in the motion picture genre,” said Jinke’s deputy GM, Zhang Zhengfeng. “We are pleased to have the full support of Mr. Kurosawa’s family and team on this important endeavor, and will honor the work of the Asian film master by creating a high-quality film production.”

Via Variety

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