When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, and then finds himself haunted by his spirit as well as his own ambitions. With his late colour masterpiece Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa returned to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his career—the play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendour of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a historical epic that is also a meditation on the nature of power.

Special Features:

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer with DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0 soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince
  • Lucas, Coppola, and Kurosawa, a 19-minute interview piece in which directors George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola discuss Kurosawa and Kagemusha
  • A 41-minute documentary on the making of the film
  • Image: Kurosawa’s Continuity, a 44-minute video piece reconstructing Kagemusha through Kurosawa’s paintings and sketches
  • Suntory Whiskey commercials made on the set of Kagemusha
  • Gallery of storyboards painted by Kurosawa and images of their realization on-screen
  • Theatrical trailers and teasers
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Peter Grilli and an interview with Kurosawa by renowned critic Tony Rayns
Certificate:
12
Actor:
Tatsuya Nakadai

Tsutomu Yamazaki

Ken'ichi Hagiwara
Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Japanese
Subtitle Languages:

English

Run Time:
180 mins approx
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1980

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When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, and then finds himself haunted by his spirit as well as his own ambitions. With his late colour masterpiece Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa returned to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his career—the play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendour of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a historical epic that is also a meditation on the nature of power.

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  • Restored high-definition digital transfer with DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0 soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince
  • Lucas, Coppola, and Kurosawa, a 19-minute interview piece in which directors George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola discuss Kurosawa and Kagemusha
  • A 41-minute documentary on the making of the film
  • Image: Kurosawa’s Continuity, a 44-minute video piece reconstructing Kagemusha through Kurosawa’s paintings and sketches
  • Suntory Whiskey commercials made on the set of Kagemusha
  • Gallery of storyboards painted by Kurosawa and images of their realization on-screen
  • Theatrical trailers and teasers
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Peter Grilli and an interview with Kurosawa by renowned critic Tony Rayns
Certificate:
12
Actor:
Tatsuya Nakadai

Tsutomu Yamazaki

Ken'ichi Hagiwara
Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
Japanese
Subtitle Languages:

English

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180 mins approx
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1980
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