• Dir: Kurosawa Akira

  • Japan, 1980, 180minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Nakadai Tatsuya, Yamazaki Tsutomu, Hagiwara Kenichi, Nezu Jinpachi

Kurosawa Akira’s return to historical explorations of Japanese society after cool reception to his searing Dodes’ka-den (1970). With the support of Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, and investment from 20th Century Fox, Kurosawa created a drama of identities, loyalties and fatal choices. The “shadow warrior” (kagemusha) is a petty thief drafted as a double for the feudal warlord Shingen; when the latter is fatally wounded, the thief increasingly assumes the power and actions of the chief while Shingen’s son and heir chafes under this imposed control, foreshadowing betrayals and destruction ahead. Even when given the opportunity to depict pageantry and warfare in glorious Eastmancolor, Kurosawa did not lose sight of the humanity – faces, doubts, dreams – that set his work apart.

1980 Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or
1981 Blue Ribbon Awards, Best Film, Best Actor and Best New Actor

18.8.2018(SAT): Post-screening talk with Long Tin


In-theatre Screening

  • Full House2018-08-18 (Sat)
    Full House2018-08-25 (Sat)


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