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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

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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
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Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
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Anonymous  plays "Kanjincho" and "Ataka"
Akira Kurosawa 
Gohei Namiki  play "Kanjincho"

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 set for the film was visited by many American soldiers, including famous American director John Ford, who was now a Navy lieutenant commander.See more »
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
I love this movie!, 24 April 2003
Author: Vince_Barley from Orange County, California

Akira Kurosawa was, well, a genius.

This early film is only further proof.

Before he made Rashomon, the Seven Samurai and Ran he made this and it's great.

The cast is fantastic. Kenichi Enomoto is especially great as the porter. That character is brilliant comic relief, which is especially evident in the scene where he attempts to dance.

Jason Biggs doing a stupid dance in American Pie is not funny. Kenichi Enomoto doing a stupid dance in Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi is.

The rest of the cast is great, too.

The characters are wonderful. There's of course the cowardly porter, and the clever character who, pretending to be a monk, has to think quickly and it's fun to watch.

Not only that, there is some very fine music and dialogue in this.

Only problem: Too short. . . but then again, I could say the same about the Seven Samurai and Ran. A great movie is always too short.

Highly recommended.

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