This magnificent and stunningly filmed movie is based on feudal Japan during the 16th century. The ruling Shogun has lost control over his country and the local lords are taking what they want, or protecting theirs from others. The film revolves around two main characters; one (Takeda) is older and his ambitions are driving him to conquer, and then rule the entire country. The other (Kagetora) is young, fair to his people, doesn't have the desire to conquer, but does so only to protect what is his, and is in love with his advisor's daughter, even though he's taken an oath of celibacy in return for the strength to fight and preserve his kingdom. Kagetora's domain lies in the path of Takeda and the two must eventually meet and fight, until one is the victor.