Kagemusha

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Released 1980

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Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Released:
1980
Rating:
PG
Kagemusha is a story of the Takeda clan, one of three powerful clans vying for control in 16th century Japan. Lord Shingen (Tatsuya Nakadai) is the powerful leader of the Takeda clan. Unfortunately for his people, Shingen is mortally wounded and knows that if the other warlords hear of his demise they will sense weakness and attack. He wisely convinces his closest subjects to find a look-alike who can deceive the other clans into believing that he is still alive and well. Shingen finds a lowly thief that bears a remarkable resemblance and when Shingen finally passes, this condemned thief (also played by Nakadai) takes command of the Takeda clan. At first unsure in his role, the impostor gradually becomes more and more like the fallen warrior that he is impersonating. Directed by Akira Kurosawa, Kagemusha is a classic depiction of 16th century Japanese politics, and an interesting look at the subtleties of identity.

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Military & War, Foreign Language, 80s