About

Akira Kurosawa's lauded feudal epic presents the tale of a petty thief who is recruited to impersonate Shingen, an aging warlord, in order to avoid attacks by competing clans. When Shingen dies, his generals reluctantly agree to have the impostor take over as the powerful ruler. He soon begins to appreciate life as Shingen, but his commitment to the role is tested when he must lead his troops into...

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Directed by

Akira Kurosawa

Written by

Akira Kurosawa (Screenplay)
Masato Ide (Screenplay)

Runtime

160 minutes

Country

Japan

Language

Japanese

Cast

Keywords

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

Photos

Lists

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

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Yoshirô Muraki

Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film