They Who Step on the Tail of the Tiger

Japan Release: 1945
Running Time:
59 minutes

They Who Step on the Tail of the Tiger

Japanese Title

[Torano Ofumu Otokotachi]

Distributor: Production:


The brother of a paranoid shogun is falsely accused of sedition by one of the general's trusted advisors. Fleeing to the north with six retainers disguised as itinerant priests, they come across the first of several barriers on their long and arduous trek. Benkei, the bodyguard of the shogun's brother, ultimately finds himself in the unenviable position of having to spin an ever more complex web of deception to convince the steward of the Kaga province of their ruse. Along the way, they pick up a porter whose comical goofiness may hide his true worth, for he could prove far more valuable than they initially surmised...

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International Title

They Who Step on the Tail of the Tiger

Initial US Title

The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
US Distributor: Brandon Films (1960) / Time: 59 Minutes

Alternate Titles

They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail
[Literal translation]

Men Who Step on the Tiger's Tail
[Alternate registered title]



Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Writing credits Akira Kurosawa
Produced by Motohiko Ito
Music by Tadashi Hattori
Cinematography by Takeo Ito
Production Design by Kazuo Kubo
Editing by Toshio Goto
Benkei Denjiro Okochi
Togashi Susumu Fujita
Porter Kenichi Enomoto
Kamei Masayuki Mori
Kataoka Takashi Shimura
Ise Akitake Kono
Suruga Yoshio Kosugi
Yoshitsune Hanshiro Iwai X
Hitachibo Dekao Yoko
Kajiwara's Messenger Yasuo Hisamatsu
Togashi's Messenger Soji Kiyokawa


DVDs and Blu-rays

Japan Region 2 They Who Step On The Tiger's Tail Toho (2002)

Background and Trivia

  • Toho and Thomas J. Brandon registered the movie with the US copyright office on August 30th, 1988. It carried the registrastion number of PA0000399174. The title used for the submission was the movie's international title: They Who Step on the Tail of the Tiger. However, multiple variants of this title were included, such as Men Who Step on the Tiger's Tail and They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail. In addition, the movie's Romaji title, Torano Oofumu Otokotachi, is also cited.


Miles Imhoff Star Rating
August 23, 2014