Also known as Sasaki Kojiro, this sprawling Samurai epic stars Kikunosuke Onoe as a humble peasant youth. The Japanese feudal system being what it is (or <I>was</I> during the time in which this film is set), Onoe evidently hasn't much of a chance of becoming a samurai warrior. But he does, and along the way enjoys all the creature comforts attending his rank and reputation. Such is Onoe's prowess with his weaponry and physical equipment that he seems invulnerable. But a climactic battle with fabled Samurai Miyamoto (Tatsuya Nakadai) proves that Onoe is as capable of bleeding and dying as any ordinary mortal.
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