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Movies You'd Never Guess Were Based on Shakespeare: "Ran" A samurai epic of extraordinary scope and spectacle, this import from Japan patterned itself after the play "King Lear.

Kagemusha

” Synopsis: Based on a true episode from Japanese feudal history, this film tells the story of a lowly thief (Tatsuya Nakadai) who…

Seven Samurais

Seven Samurai (Kurosawa, The greatest night of movie-watching I ever did was The Killer, The Double Life of Veronique and then this. Beware, if you look at even a few minutes, you'll have to watch the whole thing.

Kagemusha - battle silhouette - long shot

Kagemusha Akira Kurosawa) / Cinematography by Takao Saitô, Shôji Ueda

Kagemusha (1980) - Akira Kurosawa --excellent movie( not so great if you want a typical hack-and-slasher drama but a compelling story)

Kagemusha - Akira Kurosawa --excellent movie( not so great if you want a typical hack-and-slasher drama but a compelling story)