Kagemusha

Edition no. 267

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Licensor
20th Century Fox
Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, and then finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions. In his late, color masterpiece Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa returns to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his career—the play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a historical epic that is also a meditation on the nature of power.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Japanese 4.0 DTS-HD MA Surround
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Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

Supplements

  • 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
  • A booklet featuring a new essay by scholar Peter Grilli, and an interview with Akira Kurosawa by renowned critic Tony Rayns

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Release Credits

Producer: Kim Hendrickson
Artwork: Sarah Habibi

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