Lord Akashi (Toshiro Mifune) is a heroic warrior who comes to the aid of the needy and the oppressed. He is hired to guard a beautiful lady in waiting and the young crowned prince. The group is attacked by marauders who wish to depose of the princess and start a revolt against her father. Akashi never brings out his sword until the very end, content to dispose of his enemies with the least amount of weapons possible. He battles fierce samurai warriors and foreign insurgents who introduce the gun to Japan in their added arsenal of destruction.
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