The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail Film Still

The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail

Akira Kurosawa

 
  • Japan
  • 1945
  • 59 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

The fourth film from Akira Kurosawa is based on a legendary twelfth-century incident in which the lord Yoshitsune and a group of samurai retainers dressed as monks in order to pass through a dangerous enemy checkpoint. The story was dramatized for centuries in Noh and kabuki theater, and here it becomes one of the director’s most riveting early films.

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