Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), the master swordsman and purest samurai.
Katsushiro (Ko Kimura), the novice samurai.
1. Rikichi (Yoshio Tsuchiya), a young farmer.
Humanistic view of violence and warfare.
Sense of moral outrage at human exploitation.
Social transition in 16th Century Japan.
1. New military tactics cause end of samurai profession.