Takeda Shingen & Kagemusha

Kagemusha (影武者?) is a 1980 film by Akira Kurosawa. The title (which literally translates to “Shadow Warrior” in Japanese) is a term used for an impersonator. It is set in the Warring States era of Japanese history and tells the story of a lower-class criminal who is taught to impersonate a dying warlord in order to dissuade opposing lords from attacking the newly vulnerable clan. The warlord whom the kagemusha impersonates is based on daimyo Takeda Shingen and the climactic 1575 Battle of Nagashino.

Kagemusha 1980 trailer here

Shingen Takeda kuniyoshi2 by Kuniyoshi

More image of Shingen

Takeda Shingen (武田信玄?) (December 1, 1521 – May 13, 1573) of Kai Province was a preeminent daimyo in feudal Japan with exceptional military prestige in the late stage of the Sengoku period.

During Edo period, 24 retainers who served under Shingen were chosen as a popular topic for Ukiyo-e and Bunraku.

Who is Utagawa Kuniyoshi?


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