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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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Early Kurosawa is very enjoyable See more (24 total) »

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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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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Because this film was made late in the war during many bombing raids, most of the female staff and actresses had been evacuated out of Tokyo, leaving almost none at Toho, and thus why there are no women in the film.See more »
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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Early Kurosawa is very enjoyable, 10 September 2004
Author: gkbazalo from Scottsdale, AZ

I have watched this several times and enjoyed each viewing. It's a very early Kurosawa, apparently done on a shoestring of a budget. However, we can already see Kurosawa's talents in pacing and setting up shots. Kenichi Enomoto as the porter appears out of place at first with his over the top mannerisms and broad comedy, but he fits into the story and breaks up the slower pace of some of the scenes. For Kurosawa and samurai fans, I think this will be more than just a curiosity. This has an early appearance of Masayuki Mori (the murdered husband in Roshomon) and a fairly early appearance of Takashi Shimura (leader of the seven samurai). I recommend this for the usual suspects.

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