Director: Eiichi Kudo
A high point in second-tier samurai films. Assassins looking to kill the Shogun’s brother. Though the musical score drags it down somewhat, this one has a lot going for it: great cinematography and astoundingly choreographed action scenes (especially the last battle in the rain). Kô Nishimura (who played small parts in many Kurosawa films) stands out as a sort of anarchist ronin of exceptional skill. A few surreal touches, a decent amount of fog, black and white, fountains of blood. What is there not to like?