American western aesthetics blend with distinctly Japanese sensibilities in director Buichi Saito's colorful Nikkatsu action entry about a singing drifter drawn into a conflict between a greedy land developer and a village of peaceful aboriginals. Taki (Akira Kobayashi) is scouring the countryside for the missing mother of a young boy named Nobuo (Toshio Egi) when he ventures into a village in Hokkaido populated by the Ainu. The Ainu are an indigenous people currently being threatened by voracious bar owner and land developer Kodo (Nobuo Kaneko), who's currently drawing up plans to transform the village into a tourist attraction. Fighting tooth and nail against Kodo is Junko (Ruriko Asaoka), the owner of a local arts and craft shop who harbors a deep affection for the Ainu. Junko is currently conducting an anthropological study of the Ainu, and wants to protect them from the villainous Kodo. But Junko's situation is complicated due to the fact that she's currently engaged to Shigeru, the dimwitted son of the man who mortgaged the Ainu's land to Koda. Now, just as Junko begins to have second thoughts about her impending nuptials, the sudden appearance of dashing stranger Taki throws the entire town into chaos. Perhaps if Taki can outwit his nemesis Masa (Jo Shishiso) and outsmart cunning schemer Kodo he can ensure that the Ainu won't be forced off of their own land.
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