Akira Kurosawa

Kagemusha

Kagemusha

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

On backorder, available Nov 13, 2018

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa

AK 100: 25 Films by Kurosawa

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25 Discs

$319.00

Out Of Print

Special 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

Kagemusha
Cast
Tatsuya Nakadai
Shingen Takeda
Tsutomu Yamazaki
Nobukado Takeda
Kenichi Hagiwara
Katsuyori Takeda
Kota Yui
Takemaru Takeda
Shuji Otaki
Masakage Yamagata
Hideo Murata
Nobuharu Baba
Takayuji Shiho
Masatoyo Naito
Shuhei Sugimori
Danjo Kosaka
Noboru Shimizu
Masatane Hara
Koji Shimizu
Kasusuke Atobe
Sen Yamamoto
Nobushige Oyamada
Jinpachi Nezu
Sohachiro Tsuchiya
Kai Ato
Zenjiro Amemiya
Yutaka Shimaka
Jingoro Hara
Eiichi Kanakubo
Okura Amari
Yugo Miyazaki
Mataichi Tomono
Mitsuko Baisho
Oyunokata
Kaori Momoi
Otsuyanokata
Daisuke Ryu
Nobunaga Oda, lord of the Oda clan
Tetsuo Yamashita
Nagahide Niwa, his aide-de-camp
Yasuhito Yamanaka
Ranmaru Mori, his page
Masayuki Yui
Ieyasu Tokugawa, lord of the Tokugawa clan
Yasushi Doshida
Kazumasa Ishikawa, his aide-de-camp
Norio Matsui
Tadatsugu Sakai, his aide-de-camp
Noboru Sone
Heihachiro Honda, his chief samurai
Toshihiko Shimizu
Kenshin Uesugi, lord of the Echigo territory
Takashi Shimura
Gyobu Taguchi, deputy of Nobunaga Oda
Francis S. Sercu
Missionary
Alexander Kairis
Missionary
Jean-Pierre Carlini
Missionary
Kamatari Fujiwara
Shingen Takeda’s doctor
Toshiaki Tanabe
Kugutsushi/Spy
Yoshimitsu Yamaguchi
Salt merchant/Spy
Takashi Ebata
Buddhist monk/Spy
Fujio Tokita
Farmer
Akihiko Sugizaki
Sniper
Naeko Nakamura
Servant to Takeda’s concubines
Sumire Aoki
Servant to Takeda’s concubines
Ai Matsubara
Servant to Takeda’s concubines
Kumi Nanase
Servant to Takeda’s concubines
Senkichi Omura
Takeda’s stable boy
Kumeko Otowa
Takemaru’s nurse
Naruhito Iguchi
Takemaru’s servant
Masatsugu Kuriyama
Muddy samurai
Credits
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Screenplay
Masato Ide
Screenplay
Akira Kurosawa
Executive producers
Akira Kurosawa
Executive producers
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Executive producers–international version
Francis Ford Coppola
Executive producers–international version
George Lucas
Associate producer
Teruyo Nogami
Production coordinator
Ishiro Honda
Directors of photography
Takao Saito
Directors of photography
Masaharu Ueda
Cinematography
Kazuo Miyagawa
Cinematography
Asakazu Nakai
Art director
Yoshiro Muraki
Music
Shinichiro Ikebe
Sound
Fumio Yanoguchi
Lighting
Takeshi Sano
Costumes
Seiichiro Momosawa
Assistant editor
Keisuke Iwatani
Wigs and hairdressing
Shigeo Tamura
Makeup
Junjiro Yamada

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Akira Kurosawa

Writer, Director

Arguably the most celebrated Japanese filmmaker of all time, Akira Kurosawa had a career that spanned from the Second World War to the early nineties and that stands as a monument of artistic, entertainment, and personal achievement. His best-known films remain his samurai epics Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, but his intimate dramas, such as Ikiru and High and Low, are just as searing. The first serious phase of Kurosawa’s career came during the postwar era, with Drunken Angel and Stray Dog, gritty dramas about people on the margins of society that featured the first notable appearances by Toshiro Mifune, the director’s longtime leading man. Kurosawa would subsequently gain international fame with Rashomon, a breakthrough in nonlinear narrative and sumptuous visuals. Following a personal breakdown in the late sixties, Kurosawa rebounded by expanding his dark brand of humanism into new stylistic territory, with films such as Kagemusha and Ran, visionary, color, epic ruminations on modern man and nature.