YMMV / Kagemusha

  • Ho Yay: The thief is awfully devoted to a man he knew only for a short time. He even dreams about Shingen, and appears both frightened of him and desperate to earn his approval. The final shot of the film could be interpreted as the thief attempting to rejoin Shingen in the water where his lord was buried.
  • Narm: When Oda Nobunaga goes to fight, he sees European Catholic priestsnote  give him their blessing. Nobunaga, being a patron of the Jesuit priests in Japan at the time, smirks, raises a triumphant first, and cries out, ‘Amen!’ with the inflection of a boastful samurai.
  • Tear Jerker: The eponymous character getting kicked out of the castle, and being heartbroken at the thought of never seeing his ‘grandson’ he learned to care so deeply for. Then he sees that grandson during Shingen's funeral procession. Then he sees the clan he’s become so close to getting wiped out, and tries to charge at the enemy himself as a final act of loyalty, getting shot multiple times. As he's dying, he tries to reach the banner of Shingen he sees being swept down the river, and ends up a pathetic corpse floating in the water.