Wandering samurai Ryunosuke lives his life in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his trade during the turbulent final days of Shogunate ru, he kills without remorse, without mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness. Direction: Kihachi Okamoto Actors: Michiyo Aratama, Tatsuya Nakadai, Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama Special Features: New, restored high defintion digital transfer, a new essay by film critic Geoffrey O'brien, and new and improved English subtitle translation. 2.35:1 format. Language: Japanese / Sub. English. Runtime: 121 minutes.