The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail

Tora no O o Fumu Otokotachi

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Dir. Akira Kurosawa

Japan 1952 | Black & white | 60 mins | Drama

Cast: Denjiro Okochi, Susumu Fujita, Kenichi Enomoto

This early Kurosawa film is based on a traditional story that exists in both Noh and Kabuki stage versions, with director making use of elements from both. A young nobleman has to cross a checkpoint in his flight from a vengeful brother, and impersonates a porter to do so; one of his juniors has to beat him to make the deception more convincing, but thereby violates one of the prime tenets of the feudal code. 

Available on: 35mm


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