• Movie: Kagemusha
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Apr 26, 1980
  • Duration: 3 hr. 0 min.
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  • Score: 8.4 (scored by 93 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 202

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Set in the 16th century, as a petty thief is granted reprieve from crucifixion because he is the spitting image of the warlord Shingen. Shingen often sends an impersonator out into battle in his place to keep the morale of his troops up while conveniently keeping himself out of harm’s way. Obviously, the thief’s appearance makes him the perfect choice for the role of kagemusha (shadow warrior). Unfortunately Shingen is mortally wounded by a sniper while watching a battle and with his dying wish he passes leadership on to the kagemusha, with the order that no one is to hear of his demise for three years. Can a common criminal rise up and lead his new clan to victory over his predecessor’s rivals or will he be discovered before he has the chance? Add Synopsis In Spanish

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Apr 26, 1980
  • Duration: 3 hr. 0 min.
  • Score: 8.4 (scored by 93 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Sep 30, 2017
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Overall 7.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 5.0
Since there wasn't a review for this film at the time of writing this, I figured I'd give my thoughts.
Though I appreciate its sprawling shots and attention to detail (having literally hundreds of men dressed in armor,  the careful and deliberate shots of Shingen and those bowing to him, etc.), it was a fairly slow movie, and I don't feel I really got to know any of the characters. The actors did a good job, but one general in particular was prone to overacting (literally shouting his lines in an otherwise silent room, which seemed a bit much); the score was used mainly for battle scenes, and the songs fit thematically. Viewed from a historical fiction perspective, it was a satisfying epic that had several transitional periods in the movie, and its conclusion seemed fitting, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it or rewatch it any time soon.

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