Kagemusha

Kagemusha

DVD - 1980 | Japanese
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A petty criminal in 16th century Japan is hired to impersonate a famous dying warlord, and finds himself transforming into the leader of 25,000 samurai warriors.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion, 1980
ISBN: 9781559409544
1559409541
Branch Call Number: KAG
Characteristics: 2 dvds (180 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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lindy919
Mar 14, 2017

Possibly the most boring movie I've ever seen. I fell asleep three times in the first 90 minutes and that's only half the length of the entire film. Needless to say, I did not finish it.

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akirakato
Apr 26, 2016

This is a 1980 historical drama directed by Akira Kurosawa.
Set in the 16th-century Sengoku period (戦国時代) of Japanese history, the film shows the story of a lower-class criminal who is taught to impersonate a dying daimyo (武田信玄) in order to dissuade opposing lords (織田信長 と 徳川家康) from attacking the vulnerable clan.
It ends with the climactic 1575 Battle of Nagashino (長篠の戦).
Nakadai (仲代達矢) plays both the kagemusha (影武者) and the lord (武田信玄) whom he impersonated.
George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola are credited at the end of the film as executive producers in the international version.
Why? 
The original producers, Toho Studios, could not afford to complete the film.
So both men convinced 20th Century Fox to make up a shortfall in the film's budget.
In return, 20th Century Fox received the international distribution rights to the film.
Kurosawa wrote a part in Kagemusha for his longtime regular actor Takashi Shimura (志村喬), and Kagemusha was the last Kurosawa film in which Shimura appeared.
However, the scene in which he plays a servant who accompanies a western doctor to a meeting with Shingen was cut from the foreign release of the film.
This Criterion Collection DVD release of the film restored this scene as well as approximately another eighteen minutes in the film.
Kurosawa used 5000 extras for the final battle sequence, filming for a whole day, then he cut it down to 90 seconds in the final release.
In any case, it is one of the magnificent battle scenes Japanese directors have ever created.

kevfarley Dec 09, 2013

Well worth a revisit,..both on its own considerable merits, and to see the extras... especially Lucas, Francis ford Coppola, and Kurosawa's wonderful watercolor storyboards !!

btmslt Sep 27, 2012

A bit slow but somewhat entertaining film.

Theodora3 Jan 26, 2012

One of the titans of world cinema and his greatest work.

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NobleSix
Feb 27, 2011

Interesting...

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