Toshiro Mifune stars as Isaburo, an aging swordsman living a quiet life until his clan lord orders that his son marry the lord's mistress, who has recently displeased the ruler. Reluctantly, father and son take in the woman, and, to the family's surprise, the young couple fall in love. But the lord soon reverses his decision and demands the mistress's return.
Against all expectations, Isaburo and his son refuse, risking the destruction of their entire family. Director Masaki Kobayashi's film is the gripping story of a peaceful man who finally decides to take a stand against injustice.
New, restored high-definition digital transfer and new and improved English subtitle translation.
DVD Features: Video introduction by director Masaki Kobayashi, Original theatrical trailer, New essay by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie.
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.