In this classic samurai drama set in 1725, legendary actor Toshiro Mifune stars as Isaburo Sasahara, a retired swordsman and one of the daimyo's most faithful servants. One day, clan officials order Isaburo's eldest son Yogoro to enter into an arranged marriage with the daimyo's former mistress, Ichi. Although father and son are initially reluctant to agree, they accept Ichi into the family, and are pleasantly surprised when Ichi and Yogoro eventually fall in love.
However, the peace is shattered when the daimyo suddenly demands Ichi to be returned to him, and Isaburo and Yogoro are forced to take a stand for their newfound family love while defying their longstanding feudal loyalty.
Samurai Rebellion was directed by Masaki Kobayashi, and written for the screen by Shinobu Hashimoto. Hashimoto was recently honored with the Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement at the 2013 Writer's Guild Awards, along with fellow Japanese filmmakers Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima, and Hideo Oguni. Hashimoto is the only still-living member of this quartet of honorees, and we have selected Samurai Rebellion in recognition of his achievement.