Smithsonian / ZDF / Arte
Production: Urban Canyons
Camera: Robin Probyn, Hiromichi Nakatani
Supported by Eu MEDIA film board

Based on rare war manuals and an historic 16th century battle, the film reconstructs the life of a peasant boy who is press-ganged into the army by a poor, but ambitious, Samurai. Driven by his love for a village girl of noble birth, young Masa quickly rises through the ranks from simple foot soldier to venerated Samurai and eventually marries his village girl. But if a warrior rose too quickly, he could get caught up in betrayal and intrigues by his jealous fellow Samurai. For a former peasant like Masa, the unforgiving Samurai court etiquette could prove his deadly downfall