Kagemusha (Shadow Warrior) (The Double)
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Kagemusha (Shadow Warrior) (The Double)
For Kagemusha, his first film since 1975's Dersu Urzala, filmmaker Akira Kurosawa explored the creative possibilities of Dolby Stereo and Panavision in a manner virtually unknown to the Japanese film industry. Using the highly stylized techniques of the Noh Theatre, Kurosawa spins the tale of a mighty Samurai warrior whose services are so much in demand that he's forced to dispatch doubles of himself, or "shadow warriors", to perform his deeds. When the warrior is killed in battle, Kagemusha (Tatsuya Nakadai), one such shadow warrior, is compelled to take over for his dead… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At worst, the film is an empty vessel that places blind trust in affected stillness and symmetry... the movie quite often switches on a dime to more deep and meaningful textures."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Kagemusha, much like the similarly overblown but handsomely mounted Lawrence of Arabia, is an epic with a cipher in its point position."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Here, as in all of Kurosawa's late films, this sense of hopeless fixity renders unconvincing any hope for human agency."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A powerful film."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"There are great images in this film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A fine example of the Kurosawa style...precision of narrative in both scripting and imagistic storytelling... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Nakadai's performance as Kagemusha and Shingen is impressive, creating two distinct characters, one of whom eerily mimics the other"
‑ David Thomas, Filmcritic.com
"Despite its length, it never drags."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"There is beauty in Kagemusha but it is impersonal, distant and ghostly. The old master has never been more rigorous."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Though not as overall impressive as his next picture Ran, Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa's return to the epic Samurai film deservedly received Oscar nominations for its great pictorial beauty and other production values."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Dull and plodding presentation of an interesting period of Japanese history."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
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