Ihei Misawa and his wife Tayo, stranded by rains at a country inn, bring a great deal of happiness to the other residents of the inn by means of Ihei’s generosity and good spirit. Ihei is a masterless samurai and fencing expert. Ihei comes to the attention of Lord Shigeaki, who hires him as fencing instructor for Lord Shigeaki’s men. But Ihei’s expertise causes friction and jealousy in Shigeaki’s castle and his future there comes into doubt. —IMDb
Takashi Koizumi (小泉堯史 Koizumi Takashi) (November 6, 1944, Mito) is a Japanese film director.
After graduation from Waseda University, Koizumi started to work as an assistant director of Akira Kurosawa for 28 years. His directorial debut Ame Agaru is based on the script written by late Kurosawa, and won many awards. His other three features have all achieved great success across Japan. —Shanghai International Film Festival