At the age of seventy, after years of consolidating his empire, the Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons. Taro (Akira Terao), the eldest, will rule. Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu), his second son, and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu) will take command of the Second and Third Castles but are expected to obey and support their elder brother. Saburo defies the pledge of obedience and is banished.
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  • Akira Kurosawa


  • Tatsuya Nakadai
  • Mieko Harada
  • Akira Terao
  • Jinpachi Nezu
  • Daisuke Ryu
  • Yoshiko Miyazaki
  • Kazuo Kato
  • Masayuki Yui
  • Hitoshi Ueki
  • Hisashi Igawa
  • Takeshi Nomura
  • Jun Tazaki
  • Norio Matsui
  • Kenji Kodama
  • Toshiya Ito
  • Takeshi Kato


  • Masato Ide
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Hideo Oguni


  • Katsumi Furukawa
  • Masato Hara
  • Hisao Kurosawa
  • Serge Silberman

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