They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (Walkers on the Tiger's Tail) (1945) - Rotten Tomatoes

They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (Walkers on the Tiger's Tail) (1945)

They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (Walkers on the Tiger's Tail) (1945)

They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (Walkers on the Tiger's Tail)

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The fourth film from Akira Kurosawa is based on a legendary twelfth-century incident in which the lord Yoshitsune and a group of samurai retainers dressed as monks in order to pass through a dangerous enemy checkpoint.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Akira Kurosawa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 24, 1995
Runtime:
Criterion Collection

Cast

Hanshiro Iwai
as Yoshitsune
Dekao Yoko
as Hidachibo
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Critic Reviews for They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (Walkers on the Tiger's Tail)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Even for its brevity, the import remains a long, tedious conversation piece, interspersed with reedy songs and a few interesting, mobile faces. Most of the time the members of the all-male cast sit around on their haunches.

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Akira Kurosawa's slimmest feature, running only an hour, is also one of the best of his early period.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Captivating samurai vaudeville

Full Review… | March 31, 2010
CinePassion

A minor and obscure work by the acclaimed filmmaker.

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

August 17, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (Walkers on the Tiger's Tail)

one of the earliest films from the greatest director that ever lived. at only 1 hours length there wasnt much time to hash out a story, but it was an interesting one. the plot was very interesting and the actors were amazing, pulling great facial expressions to portray their thoughts and feelings. its hard to rate this film too high because it was such a simple expression of what was being portrayed, but it was a solid film.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

Super Reviewer

A fugitive lord and his bodyguards pose as a troupe of monks in an attempt to traverse a hostile border outpost. This is really a short rather than a full-blown film as it does not really have a conventional plot and weighs in at just under an hour. It's more an exercise in style and mood and you can see Kurosawa developing his trademark themes and techniques. It stars long term collaborator Takashi Shimura, has a similar concept to Hidden Fortress and features seven warriors, all of which will be familiar to those who know his work. There are many musical interludes and an obviously studio bound set that gives it a very traditional and theatrical feel and once again there is some lovely shot composition, but really it's only one for Kurosawa completists because of it's lack of a fully developed plot line. Interesting stuff though.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

In "The Men who Tread on the Tiger's Tail," an otherwise witless porter(Kenichi Enomoto) stumbles onto the truth that the group of priests he has been working for are actually the exiled and hunted Lord Yoshitsune(Shubo Nishina) and his retinue. At the same time, he alerts them that their brilliant disguise may not work at the upcoming barrier. After a suggestion in favor of a frontal assault is declined, Benkei(Denjiro Okochi) has another idea.

What follows is a highly suspenseful game of bluff, double bluff, and my personal favorite, a triple bluff with a half gainer.(Mine the anachronistic reference, but I almost thought that might be psychic paper for a second.) The only question at the end is not who wins but who was the real fool? Regardless, that porter is really annoying.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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