In the civil wars of 16th century Japan, two ambitious peasants in Nakanogo want to make their fortunes. The potter Genjuro intends to sell his wares for vast profits in the local city, Omizo, while his brother-in-law Tobei wishes to become a samurai. A respected sage warns them against seeking profit in times of war but his advice goes unheeded, and their insistency leads to the ruin of their families.
Cast: Eigoro Onoe, Eitarô Ozawa, Ikio Sawamura, Kikue Môri, Kinuyo Tanaka, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Mitsuko Mito, Ryôsuke Kagawa, Saburo Date, Sugisaku Aoyama
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi