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WIN! The Criterion Edition of KAGEMUSHA on Blu-ray

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FilmJuice Competition: To celebrate the Criterion release of the breathtaking KAGEMUSHA we've got TWO Blu-rays to Give Away!
For your chance to win, simply answer this question (entry details at the bottom of page): Which iconic filmmaker directed KAGEMUSHA?
Answer A: Francis Ford Coppola
Answer B: Jean-Luc Goddard
Answer C: Akira Kurosawa
Competition Deadline: 8th April 2021


Posted March 9, 2021 by

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Available on March 8, Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece KAGEMUSHA is a historical epic that is also a mediation on the power of nature.

When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, and then finds himself haunted by his spirit as well as his own ambitions. With his late colour masterpiece Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa returned to the samurai film and to a primary theme of his career—the play between illusion and reality. Sumptuously reconstructing the splendour of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a historical epic that is also a meditation on the nature of power.

JAPAN | 1980 | 180 MINUTES | COLOUR | 1.85:1 |


  • Restored high-definition digital transfer with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince (The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa)
  • Lucas, Coppola, and Kurosawa (19 minutes, 2005), in which directors George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola discuss Kurosawa and their roles as executive producers of Kagemusha
  • A 41-minute documentary on the making of Kagemusha, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • Image: Kurosawa’s Continuity, a new video piece that reconstructs Kagemusha through Kurosawa’s paintings and sketches
  • A series of Suntory Whiskey commercials made on the set of Kagemusha
  • A gallery of storyboards painted by Kurosawa and images of their realization on-screen
  • Theatrical trailers and teasers
  • Optional English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Peter Grilli and and interview with Kurosawa by renowned critic Tony Rayns




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