agree,tho imo it does contains some of Kurosawa's most beautiful images that ive seen so far......he has contributed so much to cinema.Awe inspiring in so many ways.
Between the softness of Dersu Uzala and the grandeur of Ran, is the soft grandeur of Kagemusha, in which Kurosawa revisits his old stomping ground in assured return to form, and whose exploration of dynastic feud and class comment (here encompassing its Jean Valjean-esque title figure) remains unfailing in power. Along with its vibrant colour spectrum - energised by the earlier dabbling of Dodesukaden - its precise choreography, captured by elegant long takes, indeed soften its tempo, creating a unique, triumphant blend of on-screen grace and artistry.
"The shadow of a man can never stand up and walk on its own." Kagemusha takes a few viewings to understand. Kurosawa does not help the audience along, but drops them into a reality. It takes an hour before the real meaning of the first act unfolds. Then the viewpoint begins to shift to follow Shingen's kagemusha (further) into mania. As the kagemusha fights his demons, war also creates a separation of identity.
My favorite Kurosawa film. Excellent plot, great dialogue and themes, stunning cinematography, great performances. Has far more subtlety and depth than his very overrated Seven Samurai.
The most masterful piece of cinema ever made. On a plane above: made as if it were his last. Does not meet the audience halfway or have childish themes; transcends entertainment in pursuit a broader honest truth. The only possible fault: not enough telling. Every shot is a visually PERFECT vivid painting. A meticulous & methodical examination of a time, being and existence. A precise reality falls into a lucid dream.
The battle scenes were staggering to look at if mildly confusing at times, but you can tell Kurosawa was in his element working in big productions like this one. Also, the score is uncommonly flamboyant in comparison to his other works and really effective in its own way, it gave some of the scenes much more energy.
An amazing masterpiece. As my first film by Akira Kurosawa that I have seen, I can just say I was BLOWN away. It was cinematically beautiful, the story was great, the look, the feel, how it was shot, EVERYTHING. I really loved it. My all time favourite scene was the dream sequence, but the whole movie looked beautiful. Instant 10/10. Highly recommend it.
A near masterpiece, IMO it is merely a precursor to the amazing Ran, there are a few flaws in Kagemusha that have irritated me, they are mostly minor ones. the biggest being the strange score, I don't know what Kurosawa was getting at with the score, an interesting choice, surely he could have gone with something that didn't sound like it came from Hollywood? The rest of the few flaws that are there are negligible.
I cannot see why anyone would call this a masterpiece. The story might have been interesting, but it is told in a very childish way. The shots have nice ideas, but are lacking composition. Only the actors do a very good job at playing characters that unfortunately are not plausible. That's merely 2 out of 5 stars.