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They Who Tread on Tiger's Tail [DVD] [1945]

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Synopsis

The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
Akira Kurosawa's Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail was put together at the last minute when Kurosawa's plan to direct a costume picture called Doko Kono Yari fell through (the producer couldn't get any horses!) Utilizing the costumes, sets and actors already commissioned, Kurosawa spent one long evening writing a screenplay based on the old Kabuki piece Kanjincho. The central character, a dimwitted porter who almost causes the film's plot to go awry, was played by Enoken, a stage actor and longtime personal favorite of Kurosawa's. Originally titled Tora no o o fumu Otokotachi, Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail was impressive enough for English-filmmaker Michael Powell to request permission to remake it on a larger scale (he never did). Completed in 1945, the film was not generally released until 1952. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Hanshiro Iwai - Yoshitsune
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    Susumu Fujita - Togashi
  • Masayuki Mori
    Masayuki Mori - Kamei
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    Takashi Shimura - Kataoka
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    Yoshio Kosugi - Suruga
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