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arunraj

Great movie and especially cinematography
12 years 6 months ago
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Shidan

Some of the best shots I've seen, but... I was a little bit disappointed, I really wanted to love it like I did with the other Kurosawa movies, but I didn't. Still great though.
1 year 11 months ago
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Siskoid

Kurosawa's lavish Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) presents us with a man who plays double to a powerful warlord, appearances he must keep up for an inordinate amount of time when the warlord unseasonably dies lest the whole kingdom fall into chaos. Not easy for a fidgety scoundrel to play the role of the "immovable mountain", and there's a play between what we project and what we become as a result. Tatsuya Nakadai brings a lot of pathos to his double performance (I almost said triple as Tsutomu Yamazaki, playing his brother, looks almost exactly the same). This is a very windy movie, and I have no doubt it's on purpose - the winds of change trying to shift the now precarious mountain - and though a tragic one as well, it's not without its moments of humor. As well as what is probably the most harrowing post-battle scene ever recorded. I mean, it's Kurosawa, what more incentive do cinephiles need?
2 years 6 months ago
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Paper_Okami

Beautiful and heartbreaking I love it! One of the many reasons why Kurosawa is my personal favorite director.
13 years 9 months ago
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seithscott

Beautiful and heartbreaking I love it!
12 years 10 months ago
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der Zorn Gottes

Aaaahhhh, crème de la crème, it just doesn't get better than this. For a huge fan of Sengoku Jidai, this movie was a treat beyond compare. The fact that there are only a handful of watchable movies about Takeda Shingen is absolutely mind-boggling. He and his rivalry with Uesugi Kenshin is the stuff of legends, and even though this movie doesn't really dabble in that rivalry, the ever so subtle Kenshin easter-egg is the finest moment in any film ever. Takeda Shingen is a character that deserves more acknowledgement, if it wasn't for his untimely death, he could've easily been the one to unify Japan.

There are no words to describe the beauty of this movie, it's a movie without a flaw. Everything from one of the finest scores to THE finest cinematography is crafted with such care and love for the period. The haunting beauty of the dream sequence and the absolutely brilliant way Kurosawa shot the battle scenes, are a living testament to why he truly is one of the greatest of our time.

Takeda Shingen, Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Iyeasu are all portrayed really accurately, sure the way Takeda Shingen died has never been confirmed, but the way showed in the film, is one of the possibilities. The way the movie portraits Oda as the highly ambitious reformist, and Tokugawa as the more calm and collected master of political games is perfection. And what a role from Tatsuya Nakadai, the man is a God, and there is and never was a better choice to play a character as grand as Takeda Shingen.

This movie is such a complete package, it has historical intrigue and accuracy, great performances from all of the actors (hella ripe Takashi Shimura in his final movie role RIP), great sound design, score and immaculate cinematography. The ending is such a force of nature as well, once again we are blessed with the brilliance of Kurosawa in the form of the final battle, there's no need to splash around top dolla to create an epic mass scene with tens of thousands of horses and people, when all you need is some brilliance with the sound and camera work and some good 'ol acting chops.

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The lord is that mountain. Both in battle and at home, he is steadfast, like a mountain. When his army advances, first the horsemen attack, swift as the wind. Second, the lancers raise a forest of spears, advancing with silent resolve. Third, more horsemen engulf the enemy ranks, as mercilessly as fire. And the lord is always behind them, watching over them, immovable as a mountain. That is why our army, from general to foot soldier, can fight so resolutely... Immovable as a mountain. The lord is that mountain. So we call him "the mountain."
7 years 7 months ago
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Zeltaebar

The sweeping musical score by Shinichiro Ikebe is the best thing about this late Akira Kurosawa epic. Good performances and some pretty visuals (including a magical dreamsequence) does not quite manage to cover up an overlong, ponderous and ultimatly empty movie. There are some good thematic ideas to think about and we are given plenty of time to think them through, but even though the movie never excactly becomes boring, the movie loses momentum towards the end, resulting in a rather disappointing resolution.
10 years 10 months ago
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Monteyn

A Shame for kurosawa. The ost has once upon a time in japan tendencies though. Palme d'or was just an excuse for the past achievements.
10 years ago
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mightysparks

I would like to buy this film, not Shadow Warriors - The Complete First Season!
12 years 11 months ago
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