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Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha concerns a warrior chieftan in ancient Japan who drafts a peasant who bears his uncanny likeness to become his shadow replacement in the event of death or assassination in order for his clan to continue. This interesting Japanese twist on the Prince and the Pauper theme features an extraordinary performance by longtime Kurosawa collaborator Tatsuya Nakadai in both roles and was considered by Kurosawa to be a warm up for his masterpiece, Ran.

Kagemusha is an Action, Drama, History, War movie that was released in 1980 and has a run time of 2 hr 39 min. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.0 and a MetaScore of 84.

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PG
| 1980 | 2 hr 39 min | 8.0/10 | 84/100
Cast
Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu
Studio
April 26, 1980 (Japan), October 6, 1980 (US)
Director
Akira Kurosawa, Ishiro Honda
Produced By
Francis Ford Coppola, Akira Kurosawa, George Lucas, Tomoyuki Tanaka
Language
English
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Also starring Tsutomu Yamazaki