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The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail

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Original title
Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi
Running time
59 min.
Japan Japan
Akira Kurosawa
Tadashi Hattori
Takeo Ito (B&W)
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Drama. Adventure | Half-length Film. Feudal Japan. 12th Century
Synopsis / Plot
Kurosawa's widely acclaimed master-piece was something of a last-minute affair, made after his plans to direct a lavish costume picture fel through and using its sets, costumes and actors. The result is based on a Kabuki piece entitled Kanjincho and tells the story of a nobbleman fleeing from is brother along with six generals and a porter. The fugitive lord and his bodyguards and followers, all disguised as monks, traverse a forest, where they must avoid capture and outsmart the border guards. The porter, a dimwit whose foolishness very nearly leads to disaster, is played by Enomoto, Kurosawa's longtime collaborator.
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