A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master (Toshirô Mifune), enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon (Kamatari Fujiwara) ]and sake merchant Tokuemon (Takashi Shimura) to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writer: Ryûzô Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa
Producer: Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa and Tomoyuki Tanaka
Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Eijiro Tono, Takashi Shimura, Seizaburô Kawazu, Isuzu Yamada, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Kyu Sazanka, Daisuke Kato, Yosuke Natsuki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Ikio Sawamura, Atsushi Watanabe and Susumu Fujita