A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.
Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them, or cause them to turn on each other...and him...
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.