Akira Kurosawa’s epic – KAGEMUSHA – released on Blu Ray

A warlord, who has a stand in to take his places in battles, dies, the impersonator take over the roll as warlord.

Kurosawa epic samurai film plays with the notion of illusion and reality and is a meditation on the nature of power.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

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 and an interview with Kurosawa by renowned critic Tony Rayns

Cover painting by Akira Kurosawa

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