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28 February 1960 (USA) See more »
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A Japanese general and his men disguise themselves as monks in order to pass an enemy border patrol. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Denjirô Ôkôchi ... Benkei
Susumu Fujita ... Togashi
Ken'ichi Enomoto ... Porter

Masayuki Mori ... Kamei

Takashi Shimura ... Kataoka
Akitake Kôno ... Ise
Yoshio Kosugi ... Suruga
Hanshirô Iwai ... Yoshitsune (as Shubo Nishina)
Dekao Yokoo ... Hidachibo
Yasuo Hisamatsu ... Kajiwara's Messenger
Sôji Kiyokawa ... Togashi's Messenger

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
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Nobumitsu Kanze  play "Ataka"
Akira Kurosawa 
Gohei Namiki  play "Kanjinchô"

Produced by
Motohiko Itô .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tadashi Hattori 
 
Cinematography by
Takeo Itô 
 
Production Design by
Kazuo Kubo 
 
Production Management
Jin Usami .... unit production manager
 
Sound Department
Keiji Hasebe .... sound
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Iwaharu Hiraoka .... lighting technician
Koichi Shikida .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Toshio Gotô .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Hachiko Toi .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail" - International (English title) (literal English title), USA (literal English title)
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59 min
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The film was initially banned by the occupying SCAP due to its portrayal of feudal values. It was later released after the signing of the Treaty of San Francisco in 1952.See more »
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Quiet Intensity, 23 March 2015
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

One can, for the first time, in my opinion, see what Kurosawa could do. He follow a group. of men trying to get through a checkpoint, disguised as priests. Their leader is disguised as a porter and therefore must dishonored to be protected. This is all part of a legend in ancient China and the audiences pretty much knew the story. Kurosawa provides comic relief with the true porter who is an unforgettable character. He is one of those pests that drives one crazy, yet he is so persistent in his efforts to be included. Apparently, historically, things don't bode well for the future but the standoff that occurs as they pretty much risk their lives to get through is quite breathtaking. There are incredible images of the landscape and the use of closeups is vibrant and sharp. The porter's dance at the end is terrific, against a bank of clouds, silhouetted against the sky.

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