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Japan | 1980 | 180 Minutes | Akira Kurosawa

October 5, 2014

The first feature to play at the new Capitol Hill location of the Egyptian theater upon opening in 1980, this Akira Kurosawa fan favorite was also winner of the Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Set in 16th century feudal Japan, the director’s return to the samurai genre is stunningly colorful and huge in scope.

Advance Tickets | $5 General Admission
Day of Tickets | $5 General Admission
or FREE admission with a Capitol Hill business receipt
Receipt must be dated between Oct 1-5, 2014. One ticket per receipt. Receipts may be redeemed at the box office starting 90 minutes before showtime. Seating is first come first served.

Set in 16th century feudal Japan, this epic production explores identity and politics through the tale of a thief, Kagemusha (the name translates as “the shadow of the warrior”), hired to be the body double for a tyrannical warlord. When the tyrant is assassinated, Kagemusha is forced to assume his role—despite his haunting dreams of the man whose life he has stolen.

One of the most expensive films ever made in Japan, it utilized five thousand extras and two hundred horses. Director Akira Kurosawa was unable to find financial backing for his vision for many years, until Francis Coppola and George Lucas helped him secure US financing.

Kagemusha is probably the director's most physically elaborate, most awesome film, full of magnificent views of lines of mounted soldiers slowly crossing grand landscapes or galloping along seashores, against sunsets of a magnificence that seems to foreshadow the end of the world.” — Vincent Canby, The New York Times

  • Director: Akira Kurosawa
  • Principal Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken’ichi Hagiwara
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 1980
  • Running Time: 180 Minutes
  • Rating: PG