Martial Arts / Action (1956) 105 minutes ~ Color
A humble and simple, Takezo, abandons his life as a knight errant. He's sought as a teacher and vassal by Shogun, Japan's most powerful clan leader. He's also challenged to fight by the supremely confident and skillful Sasaki Kojiro. Takezo agrees to fight Kojiro in a year's time, but rejects Shogun's patronage, choosing instead to live on the edge of a village, raising vegetables. He's followed there by Otsu, and later by Akemi, both in love with him. The year ends as Takezo assists the villagers against a band of brigands. He seeks Otsu's forgiveness and accepts her love, then sets off across the water to Ganryu Island, for his final contest.
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Writers: Hideji Hôjô (play), Hiroshi Inagaki, Tokuhei Wakao and Eiji Yoshikawa (novel)
Stars: Koji Tsuruta, Toshirô Mifune, Kaoru Yachigusa, Michiko Saga, Mariko Okada, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiak