The Men Who Tread on the Tiger''s Tail (1945)

Director:Akira Kurosawa Producer:Motohiko Ito Screenplay by:Akira Kurosawa  Running time:59 min Country:Japan  Language:Japanese Genre:Adventure, Drama, Thriller Subtitle:English  Starring: Denjirō Ōkōchi as Benkei,
Susumu Fujita as Togashi
, Kenichi Enomoto as porter, Masayuki Mori as Kamei, Takashi Shimura as Kataoka,
Akitake Kôno as Ise
, Yoshio Kosugi as Suruga, Hanshiro Iwai as Yoshitsune (Minamoto no Yoshitsune),
Dekao Yoko as Hidachibo
, Yasuo Hisamatsu as Kajiwara''s messenger, Shôji Kiyokawa as Togashi''s messenger


The Men Who Tread On the Tiger''s Tail (虎の尾を踏む男達 Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi?, aka They Who Step on the Tiger''s Tail) is a 1945 Japanese period drama film, written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is based on the kabuki play Kanjinchō, which is in turn based on the Noh play Ataka.

The film stars Hanshiro Iwai, Susumu Fujita, Kenichi Enomoto, and Denjirō Ōkōchi.
The film was initially banned by the occupying Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers (SCAP) due to its portrayal of feudal values. It was later released after the signing of the Treaty of San Francisco in 1952.

The film begins with a shot of the landscape, after which it zooms in on a group of foot travelers and a porter. After walking for a while, they sit to rest, where the porter finds that this is Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Benkei, and his advisors. Their job is to cross a border checkpoint without being found, so they disguise themselves as monks.




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