- Release Date
- November, 22nd, 1959
- Running Time
- 110 min
- Screening Format
- Screen Size
- Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
- Screening Format with Subtitles
- English (U-maticSP)
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[ Story ]
Receiving an urgent letter from his uncle, Yasubei Nakayama, an accomplished fencer of the ltto school, hurries to assist him in a duel with the Murakami Brothers, his rivals in swordship. On his way, Yasubei almost collides with a young rider, evidently a high-ranking official of the Shogunate who warns him about the cord with which he ties up his sleeves. Yasubei is too late, his uncle has been killed but he fights and disables his enemies singlehanded.
The young leader, whose name is Tenzen Tange, one of the Shogun's guards, is expelled from the Chishin School Fencing Hall because he did not help the Murakamis. Yasubei is also expelled from the ltto School Fencing Hall. However, because of his great valor he has become the idol of Edo. One day he falls in love with Chiharu Nagao who is engaged to Tenzen.
Soon after his marriage an important government duty takes Tenzen to Kyoto. During his absence, a band of five men, who were seriously injured by Tenzen, sneaks into his home, and his young wife is unable to resist them. When Tenzen decides to separate from Chiharu, her brother chops off his right arm.
When Tenzen is attacked by three of his enemies he kills one, injures another seriously, but stops the bullet fired by the third man. Believing that Tenzen is dying, the rest of his enemies attack. With only one arm and one leg, the dying Tenzen fights the rest desperately with Chiharu by his side when Yasubei arrives with whose help they kill all their enemies. Chiharu breathes her last, hand in hand with her dying husband beneath the falling snow.
【Quoted from the database of Kadokawa Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1960 3.1】
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