Which is truly evil, the weapon or the man who wields it? In director Kihachi Okamoto's vivid, exciting, and violent action drama, a swordsman (Tatsuya Nakadai) possessed of a sadistic fighting style is pursued by the brother of a man he killed during a fencing match. Training the vengeance-seeking young man is a bushido master (Toshirô Mifune) determined to lead his charge to victory. With Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama. 121 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; theatrical trailer. In Japanese with English subtitles.