Japan's first film to utilize a Western color process (Eastmancolor), went on to huge acclaim, winning the Grand Prize at Cannes and two Academy Awards including best foreign picture. It's a visually rich movie, but in retrospect rather slight in the canon of Japanese filmmaking.
When a rival clan launches a revolt against the Taira in 12th Century Japan, Lady-in-waiting Kesa (Machiko Kyo) agrees to act as a decoy so the nobles can escape. Escorting Kesa's carriage, samurai Oritoh Endo (Kazuo Hasegawa) battles his way through the enemy, only to discover his brother has
joined the rebel forces. Rushing to inform his Lord of the uprising, Moritoh joins the loyali...