Anaheim University in southern California is to launch a state-of-the-art digital school named after Akira Kurosawa on March 23, the day the late Japanese film-maker would have turned 99.

The Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School Of Film will unveil details of its online digital film programmes and other initiatives on the day.

'March 23rd would have been Akira Kurosawa's 99th birthday, and the Cherry Blossom Gala and Akira Kurosawa Tribute will kick off a year-long worldwide tribute to the late, great film-maker,' the school's chief communications officer David Bracey said.

'As he has been revered by such masters of the silver screen as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, film directors, actors and media from the US and Japan are expected to be in attendance. Kurosawa is a film industry icon and this promises to be a star-studded spectacular.'