In 16th century Japan, peasants Genjuro (Masayuki Mori) and Tobei (Sakae Ozawa) sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers in a nearby village, in defiance of a local sage's warning against seeking to profit from warfare. Genjuro's pursuit of both riches and the mysterious Lady Wakasa (Machiko Kyo), as well as Tobei's desire to become a samurai, run the risk of destroying both themselves and their wives, Miyagi (Kinuyo Tanaka) and Ohama (Mitsuko Mito).
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Writer: Matsutarô Kawaguchi
Producer: Masaichi Nagata
Cast: Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka, Sakae Ozawa, Ikio Sawamura, Mitsuko Mito, Kikue Môri, Ryosuke Kagawa, Eigore Onoe, Saburo Date, Sugisaku Aoyama, Reiko Kongo, Shozo Nanbu, Ichiro Amano, Kichijiro Ueda, Teruko Omi, Keiko Koyanagi, Mitsusaburo Ramon and Sugisaka Koyama