Kagemusha (1980)

In this film, filmmaker Akira 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. When the warrior dies, petty thief Kagemusha is spared from… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 10, 1980
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

"Kagemusha" is such a gratifying come-back picture for a justifiably revered filmmaker that one feels churlish harboring certain reservations.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Excellent historical drama shows Kurosawa's broad range of gifts and skill.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A fine example of the Kurosawa style...precision of narrative in both scripting and imagistic storytelling... [Blu-ray]

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There are great images in this film.

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Dan Jardine

The film swings like a pendulum between stillness and action, an occasionally jarring mix of David Lean-like panoramas with intimate character study.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

There is beauty in Kagemusha but it is impersonal, distant and ghostly. The old master has never been more rigorous.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Kagemusha, much like the similarly overblown but handsomely mounted Lawrence of Arabia, is an epic with a cipher in its point position.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Here, as in all of Kurosawa's late films, this sense of hopeless fixity renders unconvincing any hope for human agency.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Towards the end of his career, Kurosawa began having difficulty securing funding for his increasingly ambitious projects, which led to gaps of several years… More
Reid Volk
Kagemusha is a simple, slow-moving, but altogether fascinating look at honor and loyalty. When a powerful warlord is killed in battle, a thief with an uncanny… More
Lucas Martins
Another magical story bring by Kurosawa.
Tim Salmons
One of Akira Kurosawa's masterpieces (everything he made is such), Kagemusha is one of his first forays into the world of color. The film looks like a… More
Jim Hunter
After a tribal leader is killed, his advisers use a double to masquerade as their dead leader. Akira Kurosawa, a master story-teller and a filmmaker whose… More
EightThirty .
14/07/2010 (DVD) A little confusing at times but when you start realizing who is who then it starts getting good. Luckily there was a commentary option for… More