Original title: Tora no O o Fumu Otokotachi
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Denjiro Okochi, Susumu Fujita, Kenichi Enomoto
Japan 1952 | Black & white | 60 mins | Drama
Avaliable on: 35mm
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.