Cast & Crew
In 19th-century Japan, Shimbei, a vassal, is assigned by the Tokugawa Shogunate to a special mission in Ezo. He is joined by Saburota and six disreputable warriors who are being paid by shipping agent Echigoya to rescue the daughter of a Russian count being held prisoner in a fort by a band of Ezo natives under the leadership of Jirozaemon. Once in Ezo, the warriors learn that Echigoya had cheated Jirozaemon in an attempt to purchase guns from the Russians, and the abduction is an act of reprisal. All join forces with Jirozaemon except Shimbei, whose mission is to recover a supply of gold hidden in the fortress and bring it back to help bolster the finances of the collapsing Shogunate. In a battle between the Russian and Shogunate forces and Jirozaemon's band, Shimbei kills Jirozaemon and tries to escape on horseback. Saburota pursues him, and wins the ensuing duel as well as the love of Jirozaemon's daughter.
Released in Japan in February 1970 as Ezo yakata no ketto.