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”.

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Credits

producer/director

Akira Kurosawa

production company

TCF

Toho Kabushiki Kaisha

Duration

02:33:00:00

Production places
Japan
Production dates
1980

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324905

Language

Japanese

Audience classification

PG

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Wikidata

Q854990

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