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This red hat on top of a lance signifies the much-feared presence of the warlord of Owari, Oda Nobunaga, in battlefields. His taste in garments, architecture, interior design, food and drinks, are known to be a (for a Japanese in 16th-century) maddening salad of domestic, Chinese, and European stuff stewed together into what can only be dubbed 'Nobunaga's style'. His much simplified ('Westernized') armor is one heck of an advantage at war, especially for manoevers on horseback. Oda was the best rider of his days. Those were the days of dressing gaily; only after the Tokugawas became Shoguns, long after Oda's time, Japanese seemed to wear nothing but dark colors, except courtesans.

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In Oda's days, both genders wore loud colors; women put on flowing robes and wore unbound hair, their kimonos were loosely held in place with narrow and soft obi (cloth belt wound around the waist). The 'ginko chignon' and tighter kimonos with wide and stiff obi, a typical image in 'Western' minds of Japanese women, are the Tokugawan inventions, too. History varies when it comes to how Oda Nobunaga did his hair; I tend to agree with this movie where he doesn't shave the top of his head like all other samurai, thus consistently deviated from the dress-codes of the time. Btw, Oda Nobunaga is around 36-39 years old in the period of history covered in this movie.

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In this movie, Oda Nobunaga, with his ally Tokugawa Ieyasu (warlord of Mikawa, who's only about 29-31 years old at the time), is fighting against Takeda Shingen of Kai between 1571 and 1575. Outbound mind, characteristic of Oda, is shown via the map of the empire of Japan behind his seat at the Gifu castle turret; also through the way he dresses -- Oda was the only one wearing 'Western' stuff at war, though at home is is more or less 'normal'. The scene showing Portuguese Catholic priests giving him a blessing before going to war is typical, too. Oda, though, was never converted. He only used the missionaries as a buffer against the warrior-monks of Buddhist monasteries that kept on hatching schemes against him.

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Tokugawa Ieyasu (in full court-dress) bowing to Oda Nobunaga (who never bowed to anybody but the Emperor). Oda was busy suppressing the rebellion of his own brother in-law Asai Nagamasa, warlord of Omi, husband of his most famous and favorite younger sister Oichi. So he couldn't lend a hand to Tokugawa in the previous battle against Takeda Shingen. Oda makes up to his ally by giving him a bag of gold and the second-best horse in his battlecamp.

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Oda with Tokugawa (a little behind him at the right) and the best of the Tokugawa Generals, Honda Heihachi. Honda is wearing his famous Viking-like iron helmet and fluttering his own simple flag of the Japanese character that reads 'hon', behind Oda's left side. In real history, Honda played a great part in ensuring that the Tokugawa clan would reign over Japan for the next three centuries. The clan only let Japan go in 1870's.

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Click here for complete accounts & pictures of ALL Oda Nobunaga's wars between 1560 and 1582

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Ryu Daisuke has given us the best portrayal of Oda Nobunaga onscreen so far, in Kurosawa Akira's epic Kagemusha (1980). All the cast is superb -- Yui Masayuki as Oda's ally Tokugawa Ieyasu, Nakadai Tatsuya as Oda's arch-enemy Takeda Shingen, play their parts like no one has ever done before.

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