The Ambush


1h 55m 1970

Brief Synopsis

In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the pass. When the Ronin's assignment becomes clear, to help the gang, he's ordered to kill the inn's residents, including a woman he's rescued from an abusive husband. He's reluctant to murder innocent people; then he learns that the gold shipment is a trap and he's part of a double cross. How he sorts through these divided loyalties tests of his samurai honor, and perhaps of his love for a woman.

Film Details

Also Known As
Incident at blood pass, Machi-buse
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 18 Dec 1970
Production Company
Mifune Productions
Distribution Company
Toho Co.
Country
Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Yojimbo, a masterless samurai, is hired for a mysterious task at the Sanshu Pass. On his way there, he rescues Okuni, a beautiful but ill-treated woman. Because of the danger of his mission, he leaves her at an inn on the Mikuni Pass in Shinshu, now a path for fugitives from the law. Gentetsu, a doctor living in a barn behind the inn, is secretly the head of a Shogunate band planning to attack a clan of samurai carrying gold through the pass. Yojimbo sides with the samurai and in a fierce fight kills every man in the Shogunate band.

Film Details

Also Known As
Incident at blood pass, Machi-buse
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 18 Dec 1970
Production Company
Mifune Productions
Distribution Company
Toho Co.
Country
Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Released in Japan in April 1970 as Machi-buse. Subtitle: Incident at Blood Pass.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 18, 1970

Released in United States Winter December 18, 1970