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Kagemusha - it's neither !The story concerns a medieval Daimyo dies suddenly and as he's about to go to war to defend his lands, womens honour etc. it is a bit inconvenient to say the least.So, what to do? It turns out that a drink soaked peasant is the exact spitting image of the deceased Daimyo. The body of the Daimyo is stuffed into a huge jar of sake which is then dropped into a lake as an offering to the Gods of War and the peasant takes his place. The wife and concubines of the Daimyo spot the impostor (he doesn't have a scar that the Daimyo picked up fighting) but for the security of the fiefdom, keep quiet.The peasant then goes on to live up to the reputation of the Daimyo.Hardly a heartwarming tale of rags to riches but the cinematography is superb and the plot is much richer than outlined here. Recommended!
I don't know if I could sit through it again. It is very long and well, boring. I saw it when it came out, and all the "smart" people raved about it. I think you need to be Japanese to really appreciate it , I guess, or maybe I am just not one of the smart ones.
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