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Kegemusha
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Directors: Akira Kurosawa

Ishiro Honda

Producers: Francis Ford Coppola

Akira Kurosawa
George Lucas Tomoyuki Tanaka

Writers: Akira Kurosawa

Masato Ide

Distributors: Toho Studios (Japan)

20th Century Fox (international)

Released: April 26, 1980 (Japan)

October 6, 1980 (US)

Kagemusha (影武者 is a 1980 film by Akira Kurosawa. The title is a term used for an impersonator. It tells the story of a lower-class criminal who is taught to impersonate a dying warlord in order to dissuade opposing lords from attacking the newly vulnerable clan. The warlord whom the kagemusha impersonates is based on Shingen Takeda.

CastEdit

Shingen Takeda Tatsuya Nakadai
Nobukado Takeda Tsutomu Yamazaki
Katsuyori Takeda Kenichi Hagiwara
Takemaru Takeda Kota Yui
Masakage Yamagata Shuji Otaki
Nobufusa Baba Hideo Murata
Masatoyo Naito Takayuji Shiho
Danjo Kosaka Shuhei Sugimori
Masatane Hara Noboru Shimizu
Kasusuke Atobe Koji Shimizu
Nobushige Oyamada Sen Yamamoto
Sohachiro Tsuchiya Jinpachi Nezu
Zenjiro Amemiya Kai Ato

PlotEdit

In 1572, there is a civil war in Japan, and three powerful clans, leaded by the lords Shingen Takeda, Nobunaga Oda and Ieyasu Tokugawa, dispute the conquest of Kyoto. When Shingen is mortally wounded, the Takeda clan hides the incident and uses a poor thief to be the double of the strategist Shingen and keep the respect of their enemies. Along the years, Kagemusha incorporates the spirit of the warrior of the dead warlord.

TrailerEdit

Video:Kagemusha (1980) Trailer

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