In this Japanese historical drama set in 18th-century Japan, a father involved in feudal system begins to question that system when the local rulers demand that the man's son send his wife, whom the powerful family had previously expelled, back to them after the woman bore a son, the rightful heir to the family's power. The son and his wife, who are truly in love, refuse; the father, who also loves the child, supports them. The family then orders father and son to suicide, but again, they refuse and instead launch a rebellion on the ruling family's army's. They die fighting.
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi (novel)
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô
Cert.: 15 years