Tatsuya Nakadai plays a samurai who is an eyewitness to a massacre of a small village by men of his own clan. Even though he did not participate, and did his best to prevent it, he realizes with guilt that he had been manipulated to enable the massacre. He quits and becomes a ronin; wandering the country he learns of a scheme by his former clan to repeat a similar massacre. Determined to stop them, and with the help of women and men who are loyal to him, he endures great hardships, moral and physical, engaging in incredible battles in the effort to atone for his earlier mistake and help to save the lives of defenseless peasants.
User Reviews: I just had to write something when I saw that the current spotlighted user’s comment calls this movie merely "decent." I just got back from seeing it on the big screen, and believe me, it’s WAY more than "decent." More like amazing. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to see it. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s at times narratively challenging, and that the main character is fairly one-note. But it really compares in many respects with classic westerns like The Searchers. Plus a truly inventive, exciting, and striking climax. Full of visual poetry. Ten lines really does seem like a bit much to require people to write. Would six be so awful? All I really wanted to do was provide some balance to the "decent" comment. Wow. I’m still just at nine lines. Okay. See this on the big screen if you have a chance. It’s truly a widescreen picture that uses the frame quite inventively at times. And that’s eleven lines, so I’m done.