Kagemusha

Japan, 1980

Film
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Kagemusha means “The double”, and refers to the practice used by Japanese warlords of employing others to impersonate themselves during battles. In this film, a thief about to be executed is reprieved and given the task of impersonating one such man. When the latter dies, the impersonation continues, until he is unmasked, whereupon the story moves on to explore the end of a warrior clan. An impressive, lavish work. Also known as “The double” or “Shadow warrior”.

Credits

producer/director

Akira Kurosawa

production company

Toho Kabushiki Kaisha

TCF

Language

Japanese

Duration

02:33:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36691

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Japan

Foreign language films

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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