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  • Kagemusha [1980] Kagemusha | DVD | (03/06/2002) from £3.89  |  Saving you £7.87 (60.60%)  |  RRP £12.99

    The 1970s were difficult years for the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Having been unable to secure full Japanese backing for his epic project Kagemusha, the 70-year-old master found American support from George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, who served as co-executive producers (through 20th Century Fox) for this magnificent 1980 production--to that date the most expensive film in Japanese history. Set in the late-16th century, Kagemusha centres on the Takeda clan, one of three warlord clans battling for control of Japan at the end of the feudal period. When their leader Lord Shingen (Tatsuya Nakadai) is mortally wounded in battle, he orders that his death be kept secret and that his "kagemusha"--or "shadow warrior"--take his place for a period of three years to prevent clan disruption and enemy takeover. The identical double is a petty thief (also played by Nakadai) spared from execution due to his uncanny resemblance to Lord Shingen--but his true identity cannot prevent the tides of fate from rising over the Takeda clan in a climactic scene of battlefield devastation. Through stunning visuals and meticulous attention to every physical and stylistic detail, Kurosawa made a film that restored his status as Japan's greatest filmmaker, and the success of Kagemusha enabled the director to make his 1985 masterpiece, Ran. --Jeff Shannon

  • Kagemusha [DVD] Kagemusha | DVD | (18/02/2013) from £5.45  |  Saving you £3.20 (32.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.

  • Kagemusha [1980] Kagemusha | DVD | (27/11/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £17.99

    In this exciting visually dazzling epic from Akira Kurosawa a petty thief named Kagemusha gets saved from a death sentence because he resembles the warlord Shingen Takeda. The warlord has been fighting two other leaders for control of 16th-century Japan and impersonators often take his place during battles to put him out of harm's way. Because of Kagemusha's strong physical similarities to the warlord he's a perfect choice for a ""shadow warrior."" However the arrangement suddenly

  • Gonza The Spearman [1986] Gonza The Spearman | DVD | (30/08/2004) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A period drama adapted from the play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu (an 18th century playwright regarded as the Shakespeare of Japanese literature) telling of the tragic fate of handsome ladies man Gonza a master spearman in the Tokugawa Shogunate period. Forced to fight for his life when his repuation leads to false accusations of an affair with the daimyo's (local warlord) wife Gonza vows to clear his name. However in the process of proving his innocence love begins to take hold of th

  • Babycart in the Land of Demons Babycart in the Land of Demons | DVD | (03/11/2008) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Baby Cart: In The Land Of Demons

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