WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior)
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1109-85
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $69.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 159
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1980
(LD Release Date): 12/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Akira Kurosawa
(Screenplay/Written By): Akira Kurosawa & Masato Ide
(Story): NA
(Music): Shinichiro Ikebe
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Yoshiro Muraki
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): NA
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Akira Kurosawa & Tomoyuki Tanaka
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): NA

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Kagemusha does not mean “The Shadow Warrior” as the subtitle implies, but “double person” or “twin person.” It is director Akira Kurosawa’s twenty-seventh film and like Ran is a thematically profound work derived from Shakespeare. This film was financed by Fox at the urging of George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, who are credited as executive producers of the international version. Its success paved the way for his later masterpiece, Ran. Kagemusha is set in the late 16th century and centers on the Takeda clan, one of three armies battling for control of Japan at the end of the country’s feudal period. It stars Tatsuya Nakadai in the demanding double-role of Lord Shingen, the all-powerful clan leader, and Shadow Warrior, his “kagemusha,” who ultimately puts both his own future as the disguised leader and the future of the Takeda clan’s samurai warriors in deepest jeopardy.

LaserDisc Picture:
The cinemagraphic picture, perfectly framed at 1.85:1, is terrific overall, but is marred by unnatural fleshtones and grain.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The stereo soundtrack, with its powerful music score, is well recorded with a enveloping surround effects presence in many scenes which heightens the allure of the visuals.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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