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In a fierce battle between the Toyotomi and Tokugawa clans of early 17th-century Japan, the Toyotomis are defeated, although they still occupy their castle at Osaka. As another bloody conflict appears imminent, Mohei, a samurai who lost his family in the battle, arrives and becomes embroiled in a fight with the city's war profiteers. During the clash, he sees his foster brother Hayato and a young woman named Ai being pursued by a band of warrior-monks. After helping them escape, Mohei himself is rescued by a magician. Shortly thereafter, a Portuguese vessel loaded with firearms casts anchor in the Osaka harbor, and Hayato orders a rich merchant to purchase the weapons before they fall into the hands of the Tokugawa army. The treacherous merchant has captured the beautiful Ai, however, and he offers her to the Portuguese captain in return for reselling the weapons to the Tokugawa clan. Mohei and the magician, disguised as laborers, are also aboard the vessel, and they thwart the merchant's scheme by rescuing Ai and recovering the weapons. Consequently, when the castle is besieged by the Tokugawa army, the defenders are able to hold them back. Eventually peace is declared, but the castle is destroyed by flames. Mohei is awarded rank and money for his heroic exploits, but he rejects the bounty and elects to live as a commoner with Ai, whom he has grown to love.
Released in Japan in 1961 as Osaka-jo monogatari. May also have been known in the United States as Devil in the Castle.