|Takashi Shimura||Kambei Shimada|
|Yoshio Inaba||Gorobei Katayama|
|Minoru Chiaki||Heihachi Hayashida|
|Kunihori Kodo||Gisaku, the Old Man|
|Kamatari Fujiwara||Manzo, father of Shino|
A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food. A giant battle occurs when 40 bandits attack the village.