Red Lion (1969)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Adventure  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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In this samurai tale, a brave warrior is told by the newly restored emperor that he must return to his home village and announce that there has been a tax cut. Unfortunately, it is a government ruse designed to ensure political control. When the warrior arrives in his home village, he discovers that it is being ruled by a wicked judge who has been forcing the people to pay incredibly heavy taxes. More trouble ensues leaving the warrior totally confused as to which side he should be one as neither seems to be very good.

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war, army, family, government, impersonation, Japan, masquerade, officer, politician, power-struggle, revolution, role-switching, taxes, village, warrior