- Release Date
- July, 13th, 1963
- Running Time
- 91 min
- Screening Format
- -,HDCAM SR
- Screen Size
- Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
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[ Story ]
The warlords overrun the country while the farmers are starving, and forced to become soldiers to keep the wolf from the door.
The farmers are recruited in groups of fifteen. In Yaju's village, there are only twelve men, so they press Oto, who looks more like a boy than a girl, to join, disguised as a man.
Otatsu, Senta's wife, who would do credit to any circus as the Fat Lady, also joins them as she cannot bear separation from her husband who is not much taller than a pygmy.
Then Mohei is made to throw in his lot with them and off they go to join the Southern Army.
When a battle begins, they charge, but Mohei remains in the dug-out. When his friends return and complain, he tells them to follow his example and to pick up what the samurai drop in the heat of battle, so they can sell it for profit.
Mohei falls in with three farmers in the Northern Army, succeeds in getting a Northern Army banner for each of his friends and now they charge banners at will and are always on the winning side.
One day, they are entrusted by Lord Oda to take a load to his castle in Kiyosu and, curious by nature, they open the boxes to find a plain round iron ball inside.
Their load is heavy, but after many mishaps, they reach their destination where, at last, they are rewarded for their work by seeking the enemy castle blow up, and when the smoke clears away it has vanished .
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1963 6.4】
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