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.
|Toshirô Mifune||Takashi Shimura|
|Yoshio Inaba||Seiji Miyaguchi|
|Minoru Chiaki||Daisuke Katô|
|Isao Kimura||Keiko Tsushima|
|Yukiko Shimazaki||Kamatari Fujiwara|
|Yoshio Kosugi||Bokuzen Hidari|
|Yoshio Tsuchiya||Kokuten Kôdô|