Reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry or war, Kurosawa creates a soaring historical epic about a peasant impersonating a nobleman in battle. Kagemusha is presented in its original 180 min. uncut Japanese version, not the shortened "international version" presented by 20th Century Fox.
Special features: [disc 1] audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince. [disc 2] Lucas, Coppola, and Kurosawa (19 min., 2005 ; interview with Lucas and Coppola) ; 41 min. documentary on Kagemusha (part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It is Wonderful to Create) ; Image: Kurosawa's Continuity (43 min. video that reconstructs Kagemusha through Kurosawa's paintings and sketches) ; Suntory commercials made on set ; storyboards. Booklet featuring new essay by Peter Grilli, an interview by Tony Rayns, and biographical sketches by Japanese film historian Donald Richie.
DVD, region 1; stereo.
Japanese dialogue with optional English subtitles.
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