- Release Date
- July, 14th, 1963
- Running Time
- 96 min
- Screening Format
- Screen Size
- Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
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[ Story ]
In 1936 under the war clouds over the Manchurian border, 60-year-old Oshima Shozaburo is concerned about the future of his only son, Ryuji, who has refused to follow in the footsteps of his gambler father and decided to become a doctor.
Ryuji leaves home to work at a clinic at a dam construction site where he finds the treatment of the laborers intolerable. But when he challenges the boss, who thinks nothing of murder, he discovers to his astonishment, that he is safe because of his father's reputation.
Torn between filial piety and his ideals, Ryuji is told of the murder of his father by men of a rival gang. He experiences another shock when informed that the women behind the rival gang is his true mother who was forced to leave his father due to an unwritten code among gamblers.
Ryuji tattoos his back with the same pattern worn by his father. It is the "emblem of a man," and he pledges to follow his father's footsteps, not as a gambler, but as the boss of a three hundred-men construction team to work for his country which is now at war.
But he has to encounter the brutalities and harsh realities of feudalistic gangdom.
【Quoted from the database of Nikkatsu Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1963.6.4】
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