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Singapore to remake Kurosawa classic

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Singapore’s Upside Down Entertainment has partnered with Los Angeles’ Lexicon Filmed Entertainment to remake Rashomon, an Akira Kurosawa film.

rashomon.jpgThe remake will be done together with an international consortium and led by LA-based Harbor Light Entertainment and Tokyo-based Lotus. It will be filmed in a modern context set in the United States instead of Japan, and will thus be an english-based project. Rashomon tells a story revolving around the court deciding the facts about a rape of a woman and the murder of her husband.

Harbor Light Entertainment has been meaning to remake Rashomon since 2001, but never got going until now. Apart from the remake, the team is also planning a feature toon based on an unproduced script, written in 1977, entitled “The Masque of Black Death”. Intended for Japanese anime auteur Osamu Tezuka, the cartoon never took off, especially with Kurosawa’s death in 1998.

The story revolves around the court deciding the facts about a rape of a woman and the murder of her husband. “The Masque of Black Death” takes place in the early 20th century with a disease that wipes out most of the Russian population.

The four partners plan to have both the remake and the feature toon in cinemas by 2010, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Kurosawa’s birth.

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