A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.
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|Takashi Shimura||Kambei Shimada|
|Yoshio Inaba||Gorobei Katayama|
|Minoru Chiaki||Heihachi Hayashida|
|Isao Kimura||Katsushiro Okamoto|
|Yukiko Shimazaki||Rikichi's Wife|
|Kamatari Fujiwara||Manzô - Father of Shino|
|Kokuten Kôdô||Gisaku, the Old Man|
|Kichijirô Ueda||Bandit Scout (as Ueda Kichijiro)|
|Jun Tatara||Coolie A|
|Atsushi Watanabe||Bun Seller|
|Toranosuke Ogawa||Grandfather of Kidnapped Girl|