Trailer
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Kagemusha

Runtime
2hrs 42mins
Directed by
Akira Kurosawa
Featuring
Tatsuya Nakadai,
Tsutomu Yamazaki,
Ken'ichi Hagiwara,
Jinpachi Nezu
Film Language
in Japanese with English subtitles
Body

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. - Criterion Collection

35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 

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