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Kagemusha / The Double / Shadow Warrior

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
8.00 /10
Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara
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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Written by: Akira Kurosawa, Masato Ide

Released: 1980
Origin: Japan
Length: 179


A thief (Tatsuya Nakadai) takes over from his double, a 16th century warlord who has been killed in battle, and comes to take on his predecessor's attributes.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Big, bold, beautiful film with epic battle scenes. It is also much too long and lacks warmth; it's one of those classic films which many people secretly find boring. Though it won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, the less intellectually respectable Ivan Reitman's Dave covers the same ground more entertainingly and at equal depth.

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