How To Trivialize An Entire Career In Just 8 Sentences.
With Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa finally achieved his life-long dream of becoming a white Westerner. Here’s how:
1) The film revolves around body doubles and imposters, indicating that even Kurosawa has lost the ability to tell Japanese people apart.
2) The story involves a poor thief being drafted into service as a warlord’s decoy/impersonator, leading to several fish-out-of-water-and-into-royalty situations. So, like King Ralph.
3) The film has a horrifically depressing ending, which means someone German must have written it.
Following the success of Kagemusha, Kurosawa moved to Los Angeles and directed several Smash Mouth music videos and the “Agassi Live” series of Nike commercials, before dying of heart failure while playing basketball during the pre-production of Hulk. He was replaced by Ang Lee, who had been himself been replaced by a white imposter three years earlier.