|Koji Yakusho||Shinzaemon Shimada|
|Goro Inagaki||Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira|
|Mikijirō Hira||Sir Doi|
|Masachika Ichimura||Hanbei Kitou|
In this remake of a 1963 film based on historical events, Shinzaemon Shimada leads a team of assassins in 19th-century Japan to eliminate the ruthless Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is wreaking havoc against his own people. Hired secretly by a government official hoping to end Matsudaira's reign of terror, Shimada recruits the best samurai in Japan and then sets a trap for the lord's large contingent of faithful bodyguards.