About

When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.

8.0
145
Directed by

Akira Kurosawa

Written by

Akira Kurosawa (Screenplay)
Masato Ide (Screenplay)

Runtime

180 minutes

Country

Japan

Language

Japanese

Cast

Keywords

japan army battle samurai edo period 16th century emperor doppelgänger impersonation feudal japan feudal lord warlord

Lists

#448 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Yoshirô Muraki