Sword of the Beast (1965)
Legendary swordplay filmmaker Hideo Gosha’s Sword of the Beast chronicles the flight of the low-level swordsman Gennosuke, who kills one of his ministers as part of a reform plot. His former comrades then turn on him, and this betrayal so shakes his sense of honor that he decides to live in the wild, like an animal. There he joins up with a motley group who are illegally mining the shogun’s gold, and, with the aid of another swordsman, gets a chance not just at survival but to recover his name and honor.
Mikijirō Hira, Gō Katō, Shima Iwashita, Kunie Tanaka, Eijirō Tōno, Toshie Kimura, Kantarô Suga, Yōko Mihara, Shigeru Amachi, Torahiko Hamada, Hajime Araki, Tsuyoshi Date, Tôru Hatozaki, Takeshi Katō, Mikio Maejima, Kappei Matsumoto, Hajime Miyazawa, Kôtarô Mori, Yasushi Nagata, Katsue Nitta, Jun Ooi, Kyôichi Satô, Ginzô Sekiguchi, Kôji Tsutsui, Noboru Umezawa, Kiyoshi Yamamoto, Sen Yano, Hisashi Yokomori