R | | Action, Drama
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.
Akira Kurosawa referred to his previous film, Kagemusha (1980), as a "dress rehearsal" for this film. He spent ten years storyboarding every shot in the film as paintings. The resulting collection of images was published with the screenplay.
In a mad world only the mad are sane.
When Saburo's men ride away from the Third Castle, you can see that the path before them has already been trampeled from previous takes.
$11,462 (USA) (28 February 2016)
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