Kagemusha

Edition no. 267

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Licensor
20th Century Fox
Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
In his late, color 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 splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a historical epic that is also a meditation on the nature of power. The Criterion Collection is proud to present Kagemusha for the first time in its full-length version in the United States.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
Audio: Japanese 4.0 Dolby Digital Surround
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Subtitles: English
Region: 1
Discs: 2 Discs |  DVD-9

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, and biographical sketches by Japanese film historian Donald Richie

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Release Credits

Producer: Kim Hendrickson
Artwork: Sarah Habibi

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