In the Japanese Sengoku period, a diminishing number of daimyos battle to see who will unite the country and become Shogun. The Takeda clan is headed by the immoveable Shingen, fighting the combined forces of Nobunaga and Tokugawa. When Shingen is mortally wounded, his generals bring in a double - a kegemusha - to keep the clan from collapsing and their enemies on their toes. A magnificent return to form for the emperor of film, Akira Kurosawa, with Tatsuya Nakadai taking on the roles of the feared Takeda daimyo and his low-caste double. Click the image below to listen to the podcast (27.4MB, 1 hour 15 mins).
Recorded Monday 16 July 2018, edited by Garen Ewing.
Purchase the film from Amazon UK: Downfall | Blu Ray | DVD | (1980).