Rent Kagemusha (1980)

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2h 32min
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Synopsis:
Shingen, a powerful warload, has become as legendary as the motto emblazoned on his war banners. "Swift as the wind, silent as the forest, fierce as the fire, immovable as the mountain". As he lies dying from his battle wounds. Shingen orders his clan to find a double to replace him - to keep his death secret so that his enemies will not attack. The man chosen for this role is called Kagemusha (the shadow of the warrior). However this Kagemusha turns out to be a petty criminal who must somehow transfer himself into a great leader and command allegiance of 25,000 samurai warriors.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , Takayuki Shiho, , Noboru Shimizu, Sen Yamamoto, Shuhei Sugimori, Kota Yui, , , Tetsuo Yamashita,
Directors:
Producers:
Akira Kurosawa
Writers:
Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa
Others:
Takao Saitô, Yoshiro Muraki, Masaharu Ueda, Seiichiro Momosawa
Aka:
Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior
Studio:
20th Century Fox
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Countries:
Japan, Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Awards:

1981 BAFTA Best Costumes

1981 BAFTA Best Direction

1980 Cannes Palme d'Or Ex-aequo

BBFC:
Release Date:
03/06/2002
Run Time:
152 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/03/2014
Run Time:
159 minutes
Languages:
Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
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Bonus:
  • Commentary with Stephen Prince, Author of The Warrior's Camera The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
  • US Trailer
  • Japanese Trailer
  • Japanese Teaser

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Reviews (2) of Kagemusha

kagemusha - Kagemusha review by LB

Spoiler Alert
21/03/2009

This film is good but unfortunately not one of Akira Kurosawa's best. It is a bit too long and not as gripping as his films from the 50's and 60's, like yojimbo or seven samurai.

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Kagemusha - Kagemusha review by Oli

Spoiler Alert
02/01/2018

I'll begin this by saying I agree with the above, though Ran is one of my favourite Kurosawa movies (and I love kurosawas 50's/60's work too), and I also love Dersu Uzala, I think this one lacks a lot for me, you don't really connect with any of the characters like you would in other Kurosawa films, I'm thinking like in Red Beard, Seven Samurai, Ikiru and the other 2 I mentioned. Nakadai is a brilliant actor though so he deserves special mention, I just think like many other reviews have said on the internet this was more of a stepping stone to Ran, it's worth a watch especially for Kurosawa fans like me, but it does begin to feel long winded, today I rewatched an hour of it and it was already feeling lacklustre, I gave it 3* though as it has it's moments, and an intriguing storyline, though it lacks interesting characters and interesting dialogue like many other Kurosawas films.

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