Another film about the late 16th century and Lord Shingen of the Takeda clan, this film was directed by Akira Kurosawa and executive produced by George Lucas and Francis Ford Copolla. It put Kurosawa back in the limelight and enabled him to make his masterpiece Ran. Available on UK DVD or US video

A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord’s double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.