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The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail

The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
  • 1945
  • Japan
  • 60 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
  • Cast: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Susumu Fujita, Kenichi Enomoto

Banned in Japan for the first seven years of its existence, this film was made in 1945 as the country stood in ruins and was seen by some as a shocking allegory for the state of Japan at the time. The story comes from a traditional tale about a nobleman who must cross a checkpoint disguised as a commoner, requiring his servant to beat him in order to make the disguise more convincing, but thereby breaking one of the central tenets of the feudal code.

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