Saga of the Vagabonds


1h 55m 1964

Brief Synopsis

Lord Taro must deliver a money chest but is robbed by brigands led by Jibu. One of Jibu's men, Rokuro, steals the money from Jibu, but after meeting and befriending Taro, Rokuro decides to return the money to Taro. But Taro's unscrupulous brother Jiro falsely accuse Taro of the theft, and Taro reactively joins the outlaw band and encourages them to steal from the nobles and give to the poor.

Film Details

Also Known As
Sengoku gunto-den
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 6 Oct 1964
Production Company
Toho Co.
Country
Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Color (Agfacolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

In feudal Japan, a group of bandits led by Rokuro Kai take advantage of the chaotic conditions of civil war and oppressive taxation to overrun many provinces and steal from the wealthy lords. Taro Tarao is ordered by his father to deliver war funds to Lord Hojo, but he is attacked by the bandits and the money is stolen. His younger brother, Jiro, is persuaded by Hyoe Yamano, the treacherous family retainer, to spread a rumor that Taro actually absconded with the money himself. Unaware of the plot against him Taro searches for the thieves, until he is stopped by local officials. Rescued by Rokuro and his men, Taro joins the bandits and calls himself the Red Demon of Amagi. He learns that because of Hyoe and Jiro's actions, his father has been murdered and his fiancée, Princess Koyuki, has committed suicide. Taro gains entry to the family castle with his fellow bandits, kills Kyoe, and then watches as his demented brother jumps to his death from the castle wall.

Film Details

Also Known As
Sengoku gunto-den
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 6 Oct 1964
Production Company
Toho Co.
Country
Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Color (Agfacolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Released in Japan in August 1959 as Sengoku gunto-den.

Miscellaneous Notes

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