Three clans battle for control of medieval Japan. When the leader of one clan is wounded, the clan searches for an exact double to take his place.
For Kagemusha, his first film since 1975's Dersu Urzala, filmmaker Akira Kurosawa explored the creative possibilities of Dolby Stereo and Panavision in a manner virtually unknown to the Japanese film industry. Using the highly stylized techniques of the Noh Theatre, Kurosawa spins the tale of a mighty Samurai warrior whose services are so much in demand that he's forced to dispatch doubles of himself, or "shadow warriors", to perform his deeds. When the warrior is killed in battle, Kagemusha (Tatsuya Nakadai), one such shadow warrior, is compelled to take over for his dead master. Not altogether prepared for this task, Kagemusha must be instructed by his master's assistants in conveying a strong public image, so as not to shatter the peasants' morale. The winner of the Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm award, Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior has also been released as The Double.
Cannes Film Festival