Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate, in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up their fight, joined by two renegades from the magistrate’s guard, Sakura, and Kikyo. The three outlaws find themselves in a battle to the death.
This being the directorial debut of Hideo Gosha. This Samurai film is amazing and it has a lot of meaning behind how can a magistrate and his Samurai can see how things can politics affect the town and themselves.
This film shows us how can politics affect the townspeople and how can just a simple change can affect not only the economy but how you feed your townspeople.
Plus how can simple people go ahead in kidnapping the Magistrate’s daughter to get their petition to the high lord?
Throughout the film, you meet 3 samurai from different perspectives one being the lone samurai the other being the Magistrates samurai and the last one being a Criminal Samurai.
Where these three samurai see how the magistrate treats its people and breaks the Samurai honor they all become outlaws.
All the scenes with action choreography are amazing and well shot. Plus some scenes use the camera in a way that makes him unique. Especially when certain dialogue you can appreciate the message and the tone.