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Kagemusha (影武者)

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Tatsuya Nakadai Tatsuya Nakadai
Shingen Takeda / Kagemusha
Tsutomu Yamazaki Tsutomu Yamazaki
Nobukado Takeda
Ken Ken'ichi Hagiwara
Katsuyori Takeda
Jinpachi Nezu Jinpachi Nezu
Sohachiro Tsuchiya
Hideji Otaki Hideji Otaki
Masakage Yamagata
Daisuke Ryu Daisuke Ryu
Nobunaga Oda
Masayuki Yui Masayuki Yui
Ieyasu Tokugawa
Kaori Momoi Kaori Momoi
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Immovable as the mountain.

13 years, 9 months ago at Jul 1 17:00
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''The shadow of a man can never desert that man. I was my brother's shadow. Now that I have lost him, it is as though I am nothing.'' When a powerful warlord in medieval Japan dies, a poor thief recruited to impersonate him finds difficulty...Tatsuya Nakadai: Shingen Takeda / KagemushaKagemusha(影武者) is a 1980 film by Akira Kurosawa. The title (which literally translates to "Shadow Warrior"... read more

Kagemusha

6 years, 6 months ago at Oct 17 15:43
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If Kagemusha isn’t as daring as Akira Kurosawa’s other samurai epics, like Seven Samurai or Throne of Blood, then it is still a pleasurable jewel of a late master throwing around his considerable artistry and craft. The troubled birth and production doesn’t show (much), and it is an immensely pleasurable experience throughout. It simmers in its weightiness and epic scope, and Kurosawa still ... read more

Another great film from Akira Kurasawa

1 year, 8 months ago at Aug 4 13:38
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While not in my top 5 Kurasawas(Seven Samurai, Ran, Ikiru, Yojimbo, The Hidden Fortress), it is a very impressive film in its own right. The use of colour and the camera work are absolutely wonderful, as is the delicacy and ambition of Kurasawa's direction and the hauntingly beautiful music. The last part of the film seemed rather rushed to me(though the very end is indeed powerful), but the rest ... read more
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When a powerful warlord in medieval Japan dies, a poor thief recruited to impersonate him finds difficulty living up to his role and clashes with the spirit of the warlord during turbulent times in the kingdom.
Release date: 10 October 1980
UPC: 715515015622
Tags: Japan (14), Samurai (13), Drama (12), War (12), Historical (10), Japanese (9), 1980 (6), 1980s (6), History (6), Epic (5), Sword (5), Doppelganger (4), Honor (4), Foreign (3), Ceremony (3), Horse (3), Multiple Versions Of Same Scene (2), Rifle (2), Double (2), 1500s (2)
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" Kagemusha (影武者, Shadow Warrior) is a 1980 epic jidaigeki film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is set in the Sengoku period of Japanese history and tells the story of a lower-class criminal who is taught to impersonate the dying daimyō Takeda Shingen to dissuade opposing lords from attacking the newly vulnerable clan. Kagemusha is the Japanese term for a political decoy, literally meaning "shadow warrior". The film ends with the climactic 1575 Battle of Nagashino. When a powerful war"


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Another great film from Akira Kurasawa

“While not in my top 5 Kurasawas(Seven Samurai, Ran, Ikiru, Yojimbo, The Hidden Fortress), it is a very impressive film in its own right. The use of colour and the camera work are absolutely wonderful, as is the delicacy and ambition of Kurasawa's direction and the hauntingly beautiful music. The last part of the film seemed rather rushed to me(though the very end is indeed powerful), but the rest of the story is very poignant, stirring stuff with a good mix of simplicity and complexity. The script is almost Shakespearean in quality, the characters are multidimensional with the relationship between the Lord's men and the thief Kagemusha's most fascinating assets and the lead performance of Tatsuya Nakadai is outstanding, as far as I'm concerned one of the finest lead performances of any Kur” read more

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Kagemusha

“If Kagemusha isn’t as daring as Akira Kurosawa’s other samurai epics, like Seven Samurai or Throne of Blood, then it is still a pleasurable jewel of a late master throwing around his considerable artistry and craft. The troubled birth and production doesn’t show (much), and it is an immensely pleasurable experience throughout. It simmers in its weightiness and epic scope, and Kurosawa still manages to pull it off with grace, beauty, and a deft touch that numerous imitators have tried and failed to achieve.   The title refers to a common thief who bears a striking resemblance to a warlord, and he effectively becomes his “shadow warrior,” what kagemusha translates to. This shadow warrior is something a spectral entity, more of an emotional cipher than a fully-realized character” read more

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