Genre: Short
31 min

Participation in 1964 Arts Festival




Produced by

OKAWA Hiroshi

Screenplay by


Filming by

NAKAO Shunichiro

Music by


NAKAMURA Kinnosuke

TANBA Tetsuro MITA Yoshiko


Directed by

IMAI Tadashi

What's going on?

Yeah, horses don't need

fences when they run.

Hurry up! It'll be noon soon.


The matter of revenge

1. Enemy:
Okuno Tatsunosuke

2. Avenger:
Ezaki Shinpachi

3. Time:
At noon on July 10th, 1722

4. Place:
Kikyo field in castle town

This is an acknowledged

retribution. Nobody will lodge

a protest after the outcome.

Ogawa Kobei, Superintendent Officer

It's said the morning mist is

passing from Katsuraga hill.

I'm sure it'll be fine weather.

By the way, Ezaki...

Shinpachi isn't going to

have a sudden illness, is he?

We're very careful about that.

Please relax.

Well, I'm impressed with his attitude.

Then, I'll see you at noon

at the track by Kikyo field.

Then, I'm leaving.

We appreciate your visit.

We'll make sure

Tatsunosuke will play fair...

since I, Niwa Denbei, am his guardian.

Please remember this.

Well, I'm impressed with his attitude.

Then, I'll see you by at noon

at the track in Kikyo field.

I worried about rain last night

but it's good it's clear today.

I'm happy about it too.

I'd like many people to see come

and see the revenge today...

not just samurai but also farmers and

merchants, even from nearby villages too.

Both parties are samurai and the

fight will be settled by fortune.

I agree with you.


Is this fence crossed

according to instructions?

Is this done correctly?


Six shaku of bamboo divided into two.

The curving side is placed outside

and tied up double knotted.

It's all according to traditional instruction.

How about the space

between the materials?

Yes, it's 1 jo space.

If my memory serves me right...

Revenge followed by tradition won't

be recorded in the family record.

Is that correct?

That's right.

I expect many people

to gather here by noon.

Make sure the location is neatly kept.

I don't understand...


Today, they have to settle in front of

hundreds of thousands of people...

It began only from a little thing though...


Peace reigns over the land.

Look. This arrowhead isn't shiny.

Although it's a comfortable spring day,

they should be kept under tight control.


Although it isn't shiny now...

all we have to do is to use a

little powder and give it a wipe.

I think your comment

is a little thoughtless...

Oh, when did you start your new job?

A person without a title isn't

supposed to talk so big.

Sir Okuno...

Did you forget that today is a five-day?


In accordance with the rules...

all horse keepers must come to

the castle to take care of arms...

whether or not they have a title.

So I'd say those with no title here,

have a good attitude as horse keepers.

What is the rule for horse keepers!

Their core is missing if they

can't even shine an arrowhead!

I said all we have to do is use a

little powder and give it a wipe!

I think even your workers wouldn't be

able to give such good care to the arms...

Did you say something?


Yes, I wonder if the spears in Sojaban,

your houses, are crystal clear.

You! You, lower class samurai aren't

allowed to talk to me like that!

Let me go! Let me go!

To Sir Ezaki Shinpachi

From Okuno Magodayu

I'd like to show you how all the spears

owned by Okuno Magodayu of Sojaban...

messenger to the shogun with a

120 koku stipend, are shined well.

If you're a swordmaster with your heart...

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Shinobu Hashimoto

Shinobu Hashimoto (Japanese: 橋本 忍, Hashimoto Shinobu; 18 April 1918 – 19 July 2018) was a Japanese screenwriter, film director and producer. A frequent collaborator of Akira Kurosawa, he wrote the scripts for such internationally acclaimed films as Rashomon and Seven Samurai. more…

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