They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (Walkers on the Tiger's Tail)
They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (Walkers on the Tiger's Tail) (1945)

The fourth film from Akira Kurosawa is based on a legendary twelfth-century incident in which the lord Yoshitsune and a group of samurai retainers dressed as monks in order to pass through a dangerous enemy checkpoint.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1945
DVD Release Date: October 24, 1995
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Howard Thompson
New York Times

Even for its brevity, the import remains a long, tedious conversation piece, interspersed with reedy songs and a few interesting, mobile faces. Most of the time the members of the all-male cast sit around on their haunches.

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Fernando F. Croce

Captivating samurai vaudeville

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Akira Kurosawa's slimmest feature, running only an hour, is also one of the best of his early period.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A minor and obscure work by the acclaimed filmmaker.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Vigorous conversation about values, peace and war is rich, delightful drama, one of Kurosawa's best and most joyous.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
one of the earliest films from the greatest director that ever lived. at only 1 hours length there wasnt much time to hash out a story, but it was an… More
Kurosawa's fourth film = short and sweet. His first film incorporating elements of Noh theatre, which he would use very effectively in his later… More
xGary Xx
A fugitive lord and his bodyguards pose as a troupe of monks in an attempt to traverse a hostile border outpost. This is really a short rather than a full-blown… More
Chris Browning
A tense and well acted, with some hilarious facial expressions to boot, early piece by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. While it may lack action or traditonal… More
Walter M.
In "The Men who Tread on the Tiger's Tail," an otherwise witless porter(Kenichi Enomoto) stumbles onto the truth that the group of priests he has… More
Anthony Valletta
Short, but not a lessor Kurosawa samurai film. Dressed as monks, retainers must pass through enemy lines, despite the fact the guards have been alerted to… More