Kagemusha (1980)

Kagemusha is a Japanese movie written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It was released by Toho in Japan on April 26, 1980.

The movie is set in the 16th century, as a petty thief (Tatsuya Nakadai) is granted reprieve from crucifixion because he is the spitting image of the warlord Shingen (also played by Nakadai). Shingen often sends an impersonator out into battle in his place to keep the morale of his troops up while conveniently keeping himself out of harm’s way.

Obviously, the thief’s appearance makes him the perfect choice for the role of kagemusha (shadow warrior). Unfortunately Shingen is mortally wounded by a sniper while watching a battle and with his dying wish he passes leadership on to the kagemusha, with the order that no one is to hear of his demise for three years. Can a common criminal rise up and lead his new clan to victory over his predecessor’s rivals or will he be discovered before he has the chance?

Movie info

Original title
Release date
April 26, 1980
  • Kagemusha - US Blu-ray

    Region A Blu-ray (English subtitles)

    Label: Criterion Collection (US)
    Out: Aug 18, 2009
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  • Kagemusha - US DVD

    Region 1 NTSC DVD (English subtitles)

    Label: Criterion Collection (US)
    Out: Mar 29, 2005
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Featured Cast

Tatsuya Nakadai Tatsuya Nakadai Shingen Takeda / Kagemusha
Tsutomu Yamazaki Tsutomu Yamazaki Nobukado Takeda
No photo available Kenichi Hagiwara Katsuyori Takeda
No photo available Jinpachi Nezu Sohachiro Tsuchiya
Hideji Otaki Hideji Otaki Masakage Yamagata
Daisuke-Ryu Daisuke Ryu Nobunaga Oda
No photo available Masayuki Yui Ieyasu Tokugawa
Kaori Momoi Kaori Momoi Otsuyanokata
Mitsuko Baisho Mitsuko Baisho Oyunokata
Hideo Murota Hideo Murota Nobufusa Baba
No photo available Takayuki Shiho Masatoyo Naito
No photo available Koji Shimizu Katsusuke Atobe
No photo available Noboru Shimizu Masatane Hara
No photo available Sen Yamamoto Nobushige Oyamada
No photo available Shuhei Sugimori Masanobu Kosaka
No photo available Kota Yui Takemaru
No photo available Yasuhito Yamanaka Ranmaru Mori
No photo available Kumeko Otowa Takemarus Nurse
Tetsuo Yamashita Tetsuo Yamashita Nagahide Niwa
Kai Ato Kai Ato Zenjiro Amemiya
No photo available Takashi Ebata Monk
No photo available Hiroshi Shimada Jingoro Hara
No photo available Yu Shimaka Jingoro Hara
No photo available Toshiaki Tanabe Kugutsushi
No photo available Yoshimitsu Yamaguchi Salt Vendor
No photo available Eiichi Kanakubo Kenshin Uesugi
No photo available Akihiko Sugizaki Noda Castle soldier
No photo available Yugo Miyazaki
No photo available Masatsuga Kuriyama
No photo available Norio Matsui Tadatsugu Sakai
No photo available Jiro Chiba
No photo available Yasushi Doshida Kazumasa Ishikawa
No photo available Takashi Watanabe
No photo available Nobaru Sone Heihachiro Honda
No photo available Eihachi Ito
No photo available Senkichi Omura
Takashi Shimura Takashi Shimura Gyobu Taguchi
Kamatari Fujiwara Kamatari Fujiwara Doctor
No photo available Shu Nakajima
No photo available Francis Selleck Priest


  • Trailer (English subtitles)

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