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.
Plot Keywords: double / japan / warrior / samurai / epic
Certificate: Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:PG | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:AL | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:PG | United Kingdom:12 | United States:PG | West Germany:12
Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai , Tsutomu Yamazaki , Ken’ichi Hagiwara , Jinpachi Nezu , Hideji Ôtaki , Daisuke Ryû , Masayuki Yui , Kaori Momoi , Mitsuko Baishô , Hideo Murota , Takayuki Shiho , Kôji Shimizu , Noboru Shimizu , Sen Yamamoto , Shuhei Sugimori , Kota Yui , Yasuhito Yamanaka , Kumeko Otowa , Tetsuo Yamashita , Kai Atô , Takashi Ebata , Hiroshi Shimada , Yû Shimaka , Toshiaki Tanabe , Yoshimitsu Yamaguchi , Eiichi Kanakubo , Akihiko Sugizaki , Yugo Miyazaki , Masatsuga Kuriyama , Norio Matsui , Jirô Yabuki , Yasushi Doshida , Takashi Watanabe , Nobaru Sone , Eihachi Ito , Senkichi Ômura , Takashi Shimura , Kamatari Fujiwara , Shû Nakajima , Francis Selleck , Gorô Yamada
Company: Kurosawa Production Co.
Country: Japan , United States
Released Date: 26 Apr 1980 (Japan)
Film Location: Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan
Runtime: 180 min
Soundmix: Dolby | 4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release)
Color: Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
JohnWelles » Akira Kurosawa's "Kagemusha" (1980) is one of those tremendously long films that somehow never drags. The plot is about a petty thief who is about to be crucified but is saved by a Japanese warlord called Lord Shingen because of his amazing resemblance to him and is used as a double. When the Lord is killed, and because of a plan laid by Shingen before he died, the so-call "Shadow Warrior" must impersonate the Lord for three years. Aided by this clever plot, Kurosawa shows us Japanese court ritual, with help by a brilliant performance by Tatsuya Nakadai, gives a fascinating picture of fifteenth century Japan. This a fabulous movie, with a particularly moving ending, that shows just how great Akira Kurosawa is.
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