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Kagemusha [DVD Boxset] [Special Edition Double-Disc Set]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In this dazzling epic from Akira Kurosawa, a petty thief named Kagemusha (Tatsuya Nakadai) gets saved from a death sentence because he resembles the warlord Shingen Takeda (also Nakadai). The warlord has been fighting two other leaders for control of 16th-century Japan and impersonators often take his place during battles to put him out of harm's way. Because of Kagemusha's strong physical similarities to the warlord, he's a perfect choice for a "shadow warrior." However, the arrangement suddenly changes when Shingen gets fatally wounded while watching a battle. Adhering to Shingen's final wish, the warlord's men keep the death a secret, and Kagemusha struggles to transform himself from a criminal into a leader.

    KAGEMUSHA marked a welcome return for the legendary director, who had not made a movie since 1974. Nakadai, a supporting player in earlier Kurosawa films, expertly portrays the leading role(s), almost always filled in the past by Toshir Mifune. KAGEMUSHA also features the final screen appearance of longtime Kurosawa actor, Takashi Shimura. In order to help the film get an international release, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas served as executive producers.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1980

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1606

  • Credits
    Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Takashi Shimura
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A sweeping epic of the times of clan wars in 16th century Japan....Tatsuya Nakadai is extraordinary..."

    "...[Kurosawa's] most physically elaborate, most awesome film, full of magnificent views....Majestic..."
    New York Times

    "...[A] classic..."
    USA Today

    "[O]ften breathtaking..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Primarily a chamber piece shot in muted tones, it switches to exaggerated colour for a couple of large-scale battles..."
    Total Film

    "[S]hot in spectacular fashion. The use of colour and landscape is hugely impressive..."
    Sight and Sound

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