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Year
1980
Runtime
162 min.
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genres
Drama, War, History
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
20,152
Checks
4,541
Favs
437
Dislikes
21
Favs/checks
9.6% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
21:1
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  1. arunraj's avatar

    arunraj

    Great movie and especially cinematography 12 years 6 months ago
  2. Shidan's avatar

    Shidan

    Some of the best shots I've seen, but... I was a little bit disappointed, I really wanted to love it like I did with the other Kurosawa movies, but I didn't. Still great though. 1 year 11 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Kurosawa's lavish Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) presents us with a man who plays double to a powerful warlord, appearances he must keep up for an inordinate amount of time when the warlord unseasonably dies lest the whole kingdom fall into chaos. Not easy for a fidgety scoundrel to play the role of the "immovable mountain", and there's a play between what we project and what we become as a result. Tatsuya Nakadai brings a lot of pathos to his double performance (I almost said triple as Tsutomu Yamazaki, playing his brother, looks almost exactly the same). This is a very windy movie, and I have no doubt it's on purpose - the winds of change trying to shift the now precarious mountain - and though a tragic one as well, it's not without its moments of humor. As well as what is probably the most harrowing post-battle scene ever recorded. I mean, it's Kurosawa, what more incentive do cinephiles need? 2 years 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #29 in IMDb's History Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #45 in Galloway's Samurai Film Handbook & Companion
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  3. This movie ranks #50 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
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  4. This movie ranks #88 in Kinema Junpo's Top 200 Japanese Films
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  5. This movie ranks #99 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  6. This movie ranks #131 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees
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  7. This movie ranks #309 in The Criterion Collection
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  8. This movie ranks #397 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  9. This movie ranks #434 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  10. This movie ranks #570 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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