Kagemusha (1980)

Kagemusha (1980)

1980 PG 180 Minutes

Action | Drama | History | War

When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as we...

Overall Rating

9 / 10
Verdict: Great

User Review

  • Kagemusha is often regarded as Kurosawa's dress rehearsal for 'Ran', and while the latter is superior, Kagemusha is a powerful epic in its own right. Exploring the power of leadership, and the role of duty in society, Kurosawa uses his signature prowess in movement and colour to bring the story's themes and narrative to satisfying heights.