Kagemusha Kagemusha

Kagemusha

Akira Kurosawa

 
Kagemusha (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

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  • Japan
  • 1980
  • 180 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #267

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.

Cast

Shingen TakedaTatsuya Nakadai
Nobukado Takeda Tsutomu Yamazaki
Katsuyori TakedaKenichi Hagiwara
Takemaru Takeda Kota Yui
Masakage YamagataShuji Otaki
Nobuharu Baba Hideo Murata
Masatoyo Naito Takayuji Shiho
Danjo Kosaka Shuhei Sugimori
Masatane HaraNoboru Shimizu
Kasusuke Atobe Koji Shimizu
Nobushige OyamadaSen Yamamoto
Sohachiro TsuchiyaJinpachi Nezu
Zenjiro AmemiyaKai Ato
Jingoro HaraYutaka Shimaka
Okura AmariEiichi Kanakubo
Mataichi TomonoYugo Miyazaki
OyunokataMitsuko Baisho
OtsuyanokataKaori Momoi
Nobunaga Oda, lord of the Oda clanDaisuke Ryu
Nagahide Niwa, his aide-de-campTetsuo Yamashita
Ranmaru Mori, his pageYasuhito Yamanaka
Ieyasu Tokugawa, lord of the Tokugawa clanMasayuki Yui
Kazumasa Ishikawa, his aide-de-campYasushi Doshida
Tadatsugu Sakai, his aide-de-campNorio Matsui
Heihachiro Honda, his chief samuraiNoboru Sone
Kenshin Uesugi, lord of the Echigo territoryToshihiko Shimizu
Gyobu Taguchi, deputy of Nobunaga OdaTakashi Shimura
MissionaryFrancis S. Sercu
MissionaryAlexander Kairis
MissionaryJean-Pierre Carlini
Shingen Takeda’s doctorKamatari Fujiwara
Kugutsushi/SpyToshiaki Tanabe
Salt merchant/SpyYoshimitsu Yamaguchi
Buddhist monk/SpyTakashi Ebata
FarmerFujio Tokita
SniperAkihiko Sugizaki
Servant to Takeda’s concubinesNaeko Nakamura
Servant to Takeda’s concubinesSumire Aoki
Servant to Takeda’s concubinesAi Matsubara
Servant to Takeda’s concubinesKumi Nanase
Takeda’s stable boySenkichi Omura
Takemaru’s nurseKumeko Otowa
Takemaru’s servantNaruhito Iguchi
Muddy samuraiMasatsugu Kuriyama

Credits

DirectorAkira Kurosawa
ScreenplayMasato Ide and Akira Kurosawa
Executive producersAkira Kurosawa and Tomoyuki Tanaka
Executive producers–international versionFrancis Ford Coppola and George Lucas
Associate producerTeruyo Nogami
Production coordinatorIshiro Honda
Directors of photographyTakao Saito and Masaharu Ueda
CinematographyKazuo Miyagawa and Asakazu Nakai
Art directorYoshiro Muraki
MusicShinichiro Ikebe
SoundFumio Yanoguchi
LightingTakeshi Sano
CostumesSeiichiro Momosawa
Assistant editorKeisuke Iwatani
Wigs and hairdressingShigeo Tamura
MakeupJunjiro Yamada

Disc Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0 soundtrack on Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince
  • Lucas, Coppola, and Kurosawa, an interview piece from 2005 in which directors George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola discuss Kurosawa and Kagemusha
  • Documentary from 2003 on the making of the film
  • Image: Kurosawa’s Continuity, a piece from 1993 reconstructing Kagemusha through Kurosawa’s paintings and sketches
  • Suntory Whisky 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: An essay by scholar Peter Grilli (DVD and Blu-ray), and an interview with Kurosawa by renowned critic Tony Rayns (Blu-ray only)

    Cover painting by Akira Kurosawa

Film Essays

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Kagemusha: From Painting to Film Pageantry

By Peter Grilli August 18, 2009

In the late 1970s, during the long years of waiting for international and domestic funding to come together to produce Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa returned to the pastime of his youth—he painted. . . . Read more »

Web Exclusives

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Seventy Years of Cannes: Kagemusha in 1980

By Neil McGlone May 25, 2017

Cannes kicked off the 1980s with a Palme d’Or win for a giant of Japanese cinema entering the final stages of his career. Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha (the title of which literally translates as “ . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

A Splash of Red

May 08, 2014


Interviews


Clippings

Sight & Sound and Kurosawa

June 24, 2010

In its July issue, Sight & Sound tosses its helmet into the Kurosawa ring with its own centenary tribute to the immortal Japanese filmmaker. In an eleven-page section called Kurosawa, the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Kagemusha: From Painting to Film Pageantry

By Peter Grilli August 18, 2009

In the late 1970s, during the long years of waiting for international and domestic funding to come together to produce Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa returned to the pastime of his youth—he painted. . . . Read more »


Clippings

LAZY SUNDAY

March 14, 2009

Many of us have fond memories of sunny weekend jaunts to the country. But how many can boast spending those outings with Francis Ford Coppola and Akira Kurosawa? Only Wim Wenders, whose . . . Read more »

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