A landmark in Japanese samurai cinema, director Eiichi Kudo's historical saga finds a cruel feudal lord, the brother of the Shogun, about to be appointed to a high-ranking position. Fearing that the move will lead the country to ruin, a samurai recruits a dozen of his sword-wielding brethren in a plot to assassinate the lord before he reaches the capital. Chiezo Kataoka, Kô Nishimura, and Ryôhei Uchida star. 125 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English. In Japanese with English subtitles.