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A Week In Film #467: Quiet

Kagemusha
Kurosawa’s superb mournful late period samurai picture, sort of I Was Monty’s Double with more swords and extra pathos. Tatsuya Nakadai gives the performance of his life as a lowly criminal saved from execution to act as a doppelgänger for the recently deceased daimyo of a royal house; slowly he takes to the role, only to succumb to hubris, and fuck everything up. The recreation of the Battle of Nagashino at the end is stupendous, as is the use of colour throughout.