Kagemusha Poster

Release Date: 1980

PG|2 hr 40 min

Plot Summary
Akira Kurosawa's lauded feudal epic presents the tale of a petty thief (Tatsuya Nakadai) who is recruited to impersonate Shingen (also Nakadai), an aging warlord, in order to avoid attacks by competing clans. When Shingen dies, his generals reluctantly agree to have the impostor take over as the powerful ruler. He soon begins to appreciate life as Shingen, but his commitment to the role is tested when he must lead his troops into battle against the forces of a rival warlord.

Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu, Hideji Ôtaki, Daisuke Ryu, Masayuki Yui, Kaori Momoi

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Engaging, Deception, Rivalry, Underdog, Intense, Transformation, Soldier

Awards

Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Foreign Language Film
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Winner Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)