History Film / Kagemusha

15th Sep '17 10:20:30 AM VutherA
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:All the heroes are killed in the final battle.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:All [[spoiler:The kagemusha and the heroes are killed Takeda generals that personally led the attack at Nagashino in the final battle.battle are all killed, and the Takeda army [[CurbStompBattle is clearly utterly crushed]]. It seems the generals who were back at the command post fled, and it's quite likely the Takeda clan will be no more as Shingen predicted.]]



* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Kagemusha is shot by Oda snipers while observing the ruination of the Takeda clan.]]

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* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Kagemusha is shot by Oda snipers gunners while observing the ruination of the Takeda clan.clan. He dies as he attempts to grab the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C5%ABrinkazan Fūrinkazan standard]] floating down a stream, and floats with it.]]



* IdenticalStranger

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* IdenticalStrangerIdenticalStranger: The reason they figure the soon-to-be kagemusha could pull off the task, of course.
23rd Aug '17 1:36:40 PM TrollBrutal
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''Kagemusha'' (影武者) is a 1980 film by Creator/AkiraKurosawa and Creator/IshiroHonda. The title (literally "Shadow Warrior" in Japanese) is a term used for an impersonator. It is set in the [[JidaiGeki Sengoku period of Japanese history]] and tells the story of a lower-class criminal who is taught to impersonate a dying warlord in order to dissuade opposing lords from attacking the newly vulnerable clan. The warlord whom the ''kagemusha'' impersonates is based on ''daimyo'' Takeda Shingen, and the film ends with the climactic 1575 Battle of Nagashino.

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''Kagemusha'' (影武者) is a 1980 film by Creator/AkiraKurosawa and Creator/IshiroHonda.Creator/AkiraKurosawa. The title (literally "Shadow Warrior" in Japanese) is a term used for an impersonator. It is set in the [[JidaiGeki Sengoku period of Japanese history]] and tells the story of a lower-class criminal who is taught to impersonate a dying warlord in order to dissuade opposing lords from attacking the newly vulnerable clan. The warlord whom the ''kagemusha'' impersonates is based on ''daimyo'' Takeda Shingen, and the film ends with the climactic 1575 Battle of Nagashino.



Produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, admirers of the Japanese master, the film was described by Kurosawa as a dress rehearsal for ''Film/{{Ran}}'', which was released five years later. (Nakadai and Ryu would later reunite as father-and-son Lord Hidetora and Saburo, respectively, in ''Ran''.)

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Produced Creator/IshiroHonda directed the 2nd unit and coordinated the production. The production was also internationally aided by Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, admirers of the Japanese master, the master. The film was described by Kurosawa as a dress rehearsal for ''Film/{{Ran}}'', which was released five years later. (Nakadai and Ryu would later reunite as father-and-son Lord Hidetora and Saburo, respectively, in ''Ran''.)
23rd Aug '17 12:30:17 PM SeptimusHeap
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** RealitySubtext: Subverted, in a sense, on what happened on set. Originally, the role of Shingen and the ''kagemusha'' was to be played by Shintaro Katsu, a boiseterous comedic actor who has already portrayed badass, gruff and tragic characters (like the assassin Okada Izo in ''Tenchu!'' and ''{{Zatoichi}}''). However, Katsu managed to [[EpicFail anger Kurosawa at first day of shooting]] and thus left the production. Tatsuya Nakadai was thus taken in to replace him. Critics would later on say Nakadai's interpretation of the role (both of the ''kagemusha'' and the late Shingen) lent it a somber, grave mien that worked better than if Kurosawa continued with Katsu.

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** RealitySubtext: Subverted, in a sense, on what happened on set. Originally, the role of Shingen and the ''kagemusha'' was to be played by Shintaro Katsu, a boiseterous comedic actor who has already portrayed badass, gruff and tragic characters (like the assassin Okada Izo in ''Tenchu!'' and ''{{Zatoichi}}'').''Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}''). However, Katsu managed to [[EpicFail anger Kurosawa at first day of shooting]] and thus left the production. Tatsuya Nakadai was thus taken in to replace him. Critics would later on say Nakadai's interpretation of the role (both of the ''kagemusha'' and the late Shingen) lent it a somber, grave mien that worked better than if Kurosawa continued with Katsu.
18th Jun '17 10:00:45 AM Sagetsu
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* TheStoic: Nobukado, who is the only one of the Takeda leaders observing the Battle of Nagashino to maintain his cool while everyone else - including Katsuyori - are visibly panicking over the slaughter. A close-up shows, however, that he is utterly ''heartbroken'' at having to see so many brave and faithful Takeda retainers lose their lives for nothing.

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* TheStoic: Nobukado, who is the only one of the Takeda leaders observing the Battle of Nagashino to maintain his cool while everyone else - including Katsuyori - are visibly panicking over the slaughter. A close-up shows, however, that he is utterly ''heartbroken'' at having to see so many brave and faithful Takeda retainers lose their lives for nothing. ([[https://www.musubi.it/images/cinema/Jidai/kagemusha77.jpg His face being stricken]] with UndeathlyPallor doesn't help too.[[note]]It may well [[{{Foreshadowing}} have served as a premonition]], as seven years later, at the final [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tenmokuzan Battle of Tenmokuzan]], Nobukado would be among the remnants of the Takeda to be captured and executed by the Oda.[[/note]])
4th May '17 1:43:01 PM Farnham
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* The Stoic: Nobukado, who is the only one of the Takeda leaders observing the Battle of Nagashino to maintain his cool while everyone else - including Katsuyori - are visibly panicking over the slaughter. A close-up shows, however, that he is utterly ''heartbroken'' at having to see so many brave and faithful Takeda retainers lose their lives for nothing.

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* The Stoic: TheStoic: Nobukado, who is the only one of the Takeda leaders observing the Battle of Nagashino to maintain his cool while everyone else - including Katsuyori - are visibly panicking over the slaughter. A close-up shows, however, that he is utterly ''heartbroken'' at having to see so many brave and faithful Takeda retainers lose their lives for nothing.
4th May '17 1:41:52 PM Farnham
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* The Stoic: Nobukado, who is the only one of the Takeda leaders observing the Battle of Nagashino to maintain his cool while everyone else - including Katsuyori - are visibly panicking over the slaughter. A close-up shows, however, that he is utterly ''heartbroken'' at having to see so many brave and faithful Takeda retainers lose their lives for nothing.
4th May '17 10:42:02 AM Farnham
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* GeneralFailure: Played with, in tandem with GloryHound; initially defied as Katsuyori's audacity pays off when his risky attack forces the other Takeda leaders with a more experienced judgment to support him against their will and the clan succeeds in taking a fortress that Shingen himself never was able to take. In the end [[spoiler: Katsuyori Takeda disregarding the defensive strategy set by his father and the other generals leads to catastrophic results]].

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* GeneralFailure: Played with, in tandem with GloryHound; initially defied as Katsuyori's audacity pays off when his risky attack forces the other Takeda leaders with a more experienced judgment to support him against their will and the clan succeeds in taking a fortress that Shingen himself never was able to take. In the end [[spoiler: Takeda Katsuyori Takeda disregarding the defensive strategy set by his father and the other generals leads to catastrophic results]].



* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Kagemusha is shot by Nobunaga snipers while observing the ruination of the Takes clan.]]

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* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Kagemusha is shot by Nobunaga Oda snipers while observing the ruination of the Takes Takeda clan.]]



* KillThemAll: [[spoiler: The Takeda clan perishes under [[GloryHound Katsuyori's]] poor leadership in the final battle. Kagemusha dies too. It's implied some of the leaders [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fled in time]] however.]] Serving as TruthInTelevision as well, as the Battle of Nagashino was the pivotal battle heralding the downward spiral of the Takeda clan.
* LossOfIdentity: Implied to be the tragedy of the ''kagemusha'' (as discussed by Nobukado above in AlwaysSomeoneBetter): in performing the role of Shingen so well and internalizing what he represents to the Takeda, [[spoiler: his dismissal after his status as a fake was discovered left him without anything to cling on too]]. Watching the Takeda get slaughtered at Nagashino [[spoiler: pretty much made him snap, pick up a spear and futilely charge at the Oda camp's gunners, [[MoreDakka where he was riddled with bullets]]. His last scene of trying to save the now-tattered [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fūrinkazan banner of Shingen]] from floating to the river (before succumbing and floating downstream himself) is truly TearJerker stuff]].

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* KillThemAll: [[spoiler: The Takeda clan perishes under [[GloryHound Katsuyori's]] poor leadership in the final battle. Kagemusha dies too. It's implied some of the leaders [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fled in time]] however.]] Serving as TruthInTelevision as well, as the Battle of Nagashino was the pivotal battle heralding the downward spiral of the Takeda clan.
clan. The Takeda would be finished off seven years later at the Battle of Tenmokuzan.
* LossOfIdentity: Implied to be the tragedy of the ''kagemusha'' (as discussed by Nobukado above in AlwaysSomeoneBetter): in performing the role of Shingen so well and internalizing what he represents to the Takeda, [[spoiler: his dismissal after his status as a fake was discovered left him without anything to cling on too]].to]]. Watching the Takeda get slaughtered at Nagashino [[spoiler: pretty much made him snap, pick up a spear and futilely charge at the Oda camp's gunners, [[MoreDakka where he was riddled with bullets]]. His last scene of trying to save the now-tattered [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fūrinkazan banner of Shingen]] from floating to the river (before succumbing and floating downstream himself) is truly TearJerker stuff]].



* WellIntentionedExtremist: At the beginning of the film, Shingen defends his [[OffscreenVillainy historical villainous acts]] as a mean to a good goal, the country needs a powerful ruler and the unification of Japan would stop the bloodsheds.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: At the beginning of the film, Shingen defends his [[OffscreenVillainy historical villainous acts]] as a mean the means to a good goal, the goal: The country needs a powerful ruler and the unification of Japan would stop the bloodsheds.bloodshed.



* ZergRush: This is Katusyori's strategy for the Battle of Nagashino at the end of the movie. [[spoiler:It gets Deconstructed badly with him sending waves of Takeda infantry and cavalry at Oda Nobunaga's army of matchlock troops hidden behind a long wooden barricade, where Katsuyori's troops end up getting massacred in the space of ten minutes' screentime]].

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* ZergRush: This is Katusyori's strategy for the Battle of Nagashino at the end of the movie. [[spoiler:It gets Deconstructed badly with him sending waves of Takeda infantry and cavalry at Oda Nobunaga's army of matchlock troops hidden behind a long wooden barricade, where Katsuyori's troops end up getting massacred by sustained Oda volley fire in the space of ten minutes' screentime]].
4th Jan '17 5:25:40 PM jamespolk
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Portraying both UsefulNotes/TakedaShingen and the ''kagemusha'' is Tatsuya Nakadai, prized theater actor who has been working with Kurosawa as early as ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''. Tsutomu Yamazaki, another well-known character actor, portrays Takeda Nobukado, Shingen's brother and a former ''kagemusha'' of Shingen himself. Daisuke Ryu plays the younger and more ambitious UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga.

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Portraying both UsefulNotes/TakedaShingen and the ''kagemusha'' is Tatsuya Nakadai, Creator/TatsuyaNakadai, prized theater actor who has been working with Kurosawa as early as ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''. Tsutomu Yamazaki, another well-known character actor, portrays Takeda Nobukado, Shingen's brother and a former ''kagemusha'' of Shingen himself. Daisuke Ryu plays the younger and more ambitious UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga.
15th Nov '16 3:04:57 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBad: Oda Nobunaga is the primary enemy commander shown.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:All the heroes are killed in the final battle.]]



* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Kagemusha is shot by Nobunaga snipers while observing the ruination of the Takes clan.]]



* JobTitle: Roughly translates to "impostor."



* OffingTheOffspring: Shingen mentions he killed his son, and also [[TheExile exiled]] his father

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* OffingTheOffspring: Shingen mentions he killed his son, and also [[TheExile exiled]] his father father.
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25th Sep '16 7:04:32 PM VutherA
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* GoryDiscretionShot: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. As the Takeda companies charge in the Battle of Nagashino, them being devastated is only implied by the horrified expressions of their commanders looking on. After they all attack, ''then'' the next few minutes displays the shattered blood-stained remnants of the companies writhing and struggling among a field of corpses.
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