Kagemusha Movie Analysis

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Many see Akira Kurosawa as one of the most important filmmakers in the industry. His influential career spanned 57 years, in which he directed 30 films. One of his final works, Kagemusha is a dramatic action movie that depicts the transformation of a petty thief who learned the value of loyalty. The unnamed thief was caught stealing from the daimyo of the Takeda clan. However, instead of being sentenced to death, his life was spared because of how similar he looked to Shingen. The Takeda Clan wanted to use him as a political double, in case the real daimyo was ever hurt or killed. Kagemusha was produced in the 1980’s and won the Cannes Film Festival that year. It was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and received several other honors.
Kagemusha was a film made in Japan during the mid 16 century and was set in the Sengoku Period of Japanese History. The Sengoku Period means “Age of Warring States” this period is remembered by social upheaval, political intrigue and near-constant military conflict. Japanese historians named it the “Age of Warring States.” There were many wars and battles that took place during the Sengoku period too, ranging from 1467 and the
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Nobukado takes on the role of training the Kagemusha to make sure that the death of Shingen wasn’t even a thought to anyone. It was a challenge at first, but he kept working hard to make sure that the double would behave and talk just like Shingen did. The Samurai culture is portrayed through Nobukado by how he was fearless about training the thief and didn’t give up on him. Nobukado kept pushing through the battles the encountered with the double and how when the double found out that Shingen was dead, the generals and Nobukado decided to give the double another chance to prove that he’s worthy of being the new

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