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Daisan no kagemusha (1963)

A warlords' retainer offers a farmer the chance to become a samurai, but he is instead forced to serve as a double of the warlord at expense of his freedom.

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Raizô Ichikawa ...
Kyônosuke Ninomiya / Yasutaka Ikemoto
Hizuru Takachiho ...
Teruhime
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Kohagi
Katsuhiko Kobayashi
Shigeru Amachi ...
Sadamitsu Miki
Ryûzô Shimada
Tatsuya Ishiguro
Rieko Sumi
Nobuo Kaneko
Saburô Date
Manabu Morita
Shinjirô Asano
Yûji Hamada
Shintarô Nanjô
Shôzô Nanbu
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A warlords' retainer offers a farmer the chance to become a samurai, but he is instead forced to serve as a double of the warlord at expense of his freedom.

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Excellent samurai picture
5 May 2013 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Raizo Ichikawa stars as a farmer who is drafted by samurai to become the third double of a warlord (also played by Ichikawa). At first, the perks are nice, but soon enough the pitfalls of the occupation come to light - particularly after the lord loses his left eye during battle. The sequence where the three doubles realize what's going to happen to them afterward is as terrifying as any horror movie. It's the film's best sequence, but it's very good beyond that, too. Like most samurai flicks, the horrible ironies keep growing and growing until the final frame. I did think it got a tad contrived near the end, but it doesn't detract much from its overall power. This is available on Hulu Plus.


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