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© 1954 TOHO © 1954 TOHO


Around the time of wheat harvesting, the wandering bandits come to raid the villages and the villagers tremble with fear and apprehension. The only way to defend the village is to hire the samurai mercenaries. With the cooperation of a veteran fighter Kambei, Korobei, Kyuzo, Heihachi, Shichiroji, Katsushiro and Kikuchiyo are chosen, the last being a wild youth of farmer descent. The defense of the village is built up with the help of the samurai and combat training is started. With the end of the harvesting of the corn, the raids by the bandits begin. The enemy number some 40 odd. Guided by farmer Rikichi, the mercenary samurai make a night attack on the bandits’ camp. On this night Heihachi is lost. With day break, the bandits launch repeated attacks on the village, but with the samurai as their mainstay, the farmers with hoe and pole fight with desperate courage. In the midst of the raging battle, love is kindled in the hearts of the village maid and Katsushiro, but even the two young hearts cannot break the barrier that lies between the two classes of the samurai and the farmer. The final decisive battle approaches. Reduced to only 13 by now, the bandits yet swarm into the village one rainy morning. Although Kyuzo, Gorobei and Kikuchiyo fall, the bandits are completely routed. With the melody of the rice planting song still lingering in the ears of Kambei, Shichiroji, Katsushiro, the survivors now silently and sorrowfully stand before the newly made grave mounds.

Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
Shinobu Hashimoto
Hideo Oguni
Toshiro Mifune
Takashi Shimura
Yoshio Inaba
Seiji Miyaguchi
Minoru Chiaki
Daisuke Kato
Isao Kimura
Keiko Tsushima
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