May 27, 2009

It is indeed wonderful to create

One of Japan's national treasures — the late, great filmmaker Akira Kurosawa — has gone online. No, not his brilliant movies (you still need to shell out for the discs of those), but here's the next best thing, according to The Japan Times:

Photos of nearly 20,000 items related to renowned filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, including his handwritten storyboards, scripts and production notes, were put on the Internet in an online archive Tuesday.

Many of the items in the Kurosawa Digital Archive are being shown to the public for the first time, according to film company Kurosawa Production Inc., which kept the creations. Kurosawa's eldest son, Hisao, heads the company.

So far, 20,000 of 27,000 items have made the archive, which itself is currently only in Japanese (translations of the site are being planned, though).

Regardless of your level of Japanese proficiency (or lack thereof), have a look at what's up now.

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