Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up their fight, joined by two renegades from the magistrate's guard, Sakura and Kikyo. The three outlaws find themselves in a battle to the death.
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[Threatening to kill the Magistrate; his daughter physically intervenes
For his victims' sake, I can't allow him to live.
Move, or I'll kill you!
Kill me, then. No matter what he's done, I'm still his daughter.
[the Magistrate breaks free and runs for it, but Shiba deftly cuts off his top knot with a quick thrust of his sword
Let the lord see you in disgrace. Let the peasants see you in disgrace.