Synopsis: When a powerful warlord in medieval Japan dies, a poor thief recruited to impersonate him finds difficulty living up to his role and clashes with the spirit of the warlord during turbulent times in the kingdom.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Akira Kurosawa
Production: Kurosawa Production Co.
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 3 nominations.
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162 min




I feel like I'm seeing double.

I have impersonated you

for a long time,

but he is a miracle.

Where did you find him?

At the execution grounds.

The execution grounds?

He was going to be crucified.

I thought he would be useful

as a double for you.

What did he do?

He was caught stealing.

He's a thief.

A thief?

And a tough one.

Torture failed to make him talk.

Besides stealing,

he may have also killed.

What did the prosecutors say

about his resemblance to me?


Only I, your brother,

could see it from the start.

His hair, his clothes, the way he talked

were all so different.

No one had the slightest idea

of his resemblance to our lord.

Even I, who recognized

the resemblance,

am doubly amazed at the likeness

once we dressed him like you.

Where is he from?

As you see,

he is very much like you.

I wondered if our father

might have had another son somewhere.

But do not fear.

He is a drifter from the north.

He could not be our half brother.

Even with this resemblance,


he is so wicked as to be

sentenced to crucifixion.

How could this scoundrel

be my double?


I only stole a few coins.

I'm a petty thief.

A man who's killed hundreds

and robbed whole domains

is hardly the one...

is hardly the one...

to call...

to call me a scoundrel.

Hold your tongue!

I was going to be crucified.

My life could have ended this very day!


Threats don't mean a fart to me!

Boil me, broil me, for all I care!

Very well.

Whatever you wish to say, say it.

If you will not say it, I will.

I am wicked, as you say.

I am a scoundrel.

I banished my own father

and killed my own son.

I will do anything

to rule this country.

War is everywhere.

Unless somebody unifies

the nation and reigns over us,

we will see more rivers of blood

and more mountains of the dead.

It is cold.

My old wound hurts

when the air is cold.

Nobukado, he has spoken boldly.

He might be of some use.

Train him.




we've cut off the water

entering the castle.

The castle is now sure to fall.

I would like to think so.

We thought a little push would do it,

but they've held out for 20 days.

They're not likely to surrender

just because their water line is cut.


We breach their outer

and inner perimeters,

and they calmly hole up in the keep.

Someone plays the flute every night.

And he plays well.

Our men are impressed.

They can't wait for night to come.

That's right.


We must let my father know

we've cut the aqueduct.

Your father Lord Shingen

is right here.

Except for us chief vassals,

not only the enemy, but our own men

believe the lord is here.

It would not do

to send messengers to him.

Sire, Masakage Yamagata is here.

Send him in.

Leave us alone.

My lord,

I trust you are in good spirits.


Asakura sent me a message.

He is returning to his fief.

His men are weary

and it is midwinter.

Nobunaga's men are tired, too.

If Asakura retreats,

Nobunaga will reinforce

leyasu Tokugawa and block my way.

Asakura's retreat is treason against me.

How old are you, sire?

Fifty-three, as I remember.

- Why?

Yet you still behave

like a five-year-old child!

People gather and scatter.

They go left and right,

following their interests.

You know that very well,

yet you lose yourself in anger.

How I weep for you!

A man of such small mind

cannot dream of ruling.

Go back to your own domain.

You are a mountain monkey.

You should be gathering nuts

in the mountains of Kai!

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