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Kagemusha the Shadow Warrior

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Running time
180 min.
Japan Japan
Akira Kurosawa, Masato Ide
Shinichirô Ikebe
Takao Saito, Shôji Ueda
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Kurosawa Production Co. / Toho / 20th Century Fox
Drama | 16th Century. Feudal Japan. Epic film
Synopsis / Plot
In 16th century Japan, Shingen, a powerful warlord, has become as legendary as the motto emblazoned on his war banners: "Swift as the wind, silent as the forest, fierce as the fire, immovable as the mountain." As he lies dying from his battle wounds, Shingen orders his clan to find a double to replace him--to keep his death secret so that his enemies will not attack. The man chosen for this role is called Kagemusha (the shadow warrior). However, this Kagemusha turns out to be a petty criminal who must somehow transform himself into a great leader and command the allegiance of 25,000 samurai warriors.
1980: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture, Art Direction
1980: Cannes Film Festival: Palme d´Or (Golden Palm) (ex aequo)
1980: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Director and Producer
1980: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Film
1980: BAFTA Awards: Best Director and Best Costume Design. 4 Nominations
1980: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
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