The film begins with an explosive action scene where a lone samurai fights and slays dozens of enemy swordsmen, but that is neither the story nor what happened. Mataemon Araki, a legendary samurai and the subject of many a tale and film adaptations, is instead a cunning strategist and can deploy strategy and patience alongside his command of the blade. Here he helps set a trap in order to exact revenge for one who mourns.
Did You Know?
Pray to the gods, but don't rely on them.