Kagemusha: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1980) / Region A
Kagemusha: The Criterion Collection

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Kagemusha: The Criterion Collection

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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 19 2009
  • Production Year 1980
  • Empire SKU 1470769
  • UPC Code 715515048415
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince
Lucas, Coppola, and Kurosawa, a 19-minute interview piece
A 41-minute documentary on the making of the film
Image: Kurosawa’s Continuity, a 44-minute video piece
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 48-page booklet


  • Audio
    Japanese DTS-HD MA 4.0
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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