Just last month, we reported on the opening of the Kurosawa Film Academy, a school founded by the son of legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, dedicated to "[raising] the talent in [the] Japanese film industry, based on the spirit" of his father. The school has been accepting applications for classes that were to begin in the fall, taught by the master's associates. Unfortunately, however, Varietyreported today that the school had closed, due to differences between administrators and management.

It's unclear exactly why he left, but the end of the school seems to have started with the May 1 resignation of Teruyo Nogami, a long-time Kurosawa associate who had been filling the role of administrator. Nogami stepped down either to "to take responsibility for actions by two school staffers" that brought the school into disrepute, or because he disagreed with the teaching of digital techniques in place of traditional filmmaking. Either way, his resignation was quickly followed by that of Tatsuya Nakadai, a Kurosawa actor who had been the school's dean; shortly thereafter the school closed.

Though the closing is theoretically temporary -- a "radical restructuring" is underway -- given the paltry number of applications (the freshman class, expected to be about 110 students, had only 10 enrollees as of the closing), it wouldn't be surprising if this was the last we heard of the Academy.
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