Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt officials and businessmen.
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Sekihotai, of which Mifune's character is a member, means something like the "Red Vanguard" in Japanese. It was set up by the anti-shogun forces to go through areas and announce that rents were to be halved. The plan was to get civilian support for the new regime. There were 3 units that traveled ahead of the real anti-shogun army. They were then denounced by the anti-shogun forces. See more