Director Tokuzo Tanaka introduces audiences to his sleepy-eyed hero -- the half Japanese samurai swordsman Nemuri Kyoshiro (Raizô Ichikawa) -- in this first film of the popular Sleepy Eyes of Death franchise. When an enemy in need of Nemuri's skills sends a young woman to seduce him, the cynical warrior finds his hard veneer cracking. But can the lovesick Nemuri protect her while also taking down a smuggling ring and defeating a boxing master?

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