Sunday December 7 at 7 PM at the Albany County Public Library, join us for Kagemusha (1980), from Japan, the final film of the “Sundries of the World” foreign film series. We’ll be bringing more foreign films to you in 2015, in co-sponsorship with the Albany County Public Library. To be added to our email list visit the Laramie Film Society’s website here (scroll down for the link).
Akira Kurosawa, in order to film Kagemusha, won the financial support of longtime admirers Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. The film is set in the 16th century, when powerful warlords competed for control of Japan. It offers examinations of the nature of political power and the transience of identity. For some time, Warlord, Shingen Takeda has been able to stay removed from the heat of battle by using his brother Nobukado Tsutomu Yamazaki as a double. Nobukado offers another option when he discovers a condemned thief bearing an uncanny resemblance to the warlord. After he insists on witnessing the fall of an enemy in person, Shingen falls victim to a sniper’s bullet, forcing his advisers to present the thief as the fallen warrior. At first awkward in his new position and plagued by dreams in which the spirit of his double confronts him, he slowly grows into the role even as his enemies begin to advance on his kingdom. Kagemusha: The Shadow Warrior, was the winner of the Palm D’Or at The Cannes Film Festival. In Japanese with English subtitles, running time 162 minutes. IMDB rating, 8.0/10.