If you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo this summer you have a treat in store at the newly renamed National Film Archive of Japan (formerly the National Film Center at the National Museum of Modern Art). Kurosawa Travels around the World: The Masterworks in Posters from the Collection of Toshifumi Makita is an exhibition of 84 posters from 30 different countries for 25 different films and is a glorious testament to the global appeal of the films of Akira Kurosawa.
As the exhibition foreward says, “Kurosawa often said that ‘film is a kind of international plaza,’ where people from every country—beyond Europe and North America—can come together. We hope you enjoy these dynamic and audacious interpretations of his films by designers and painters from each country focusing on the power of Kurosawa’s works as a ‘global language’.”
Below is a small selection of posters from the exhibition, which also features lobby cards, press materials and other internationally produced Kurosawa ephemera.
Kurosawa Travels around the World runs until September 23 at the National Film Archive of Japan. You can see the exhibition flyer below.
Many thanks to Mr. Hidenori Okada.