|Directed by||Hiroshi Inagaki|
|Based on||Furin kazan
by Yasushi Inoue
|Music by||Masaru Sato|
|Edited by||Yoshihiro Araki|
Yamamoto Kansuke (Toshiro Mifune) is a general of warlord Takeda Shingen (Yorozuya Kinnosuke), whose titular red banners are his trademark. Yamamoto has a ruthless but effective approach to battle and politics, and advises Takeda Shingen on almost everything he does, including the assassination of Suwa Yorishige (Akihiko Hirata). Of Lord Suwa's household, Princess Yu (Yoshiko Sakuma) refuses to commit suicide, and the film comes to center on a love triangle between the lord, his general, and the princess.
The film ends with the fourth Battle of Kawanakajima, in which Yamamoto erroneously believes his battle tactics have failed and commits a pincer attack, but is killed in action before the battle is won.
- Toshiro Mifune – Kansuke Yamamoto
- Yoshiko Sakuma – Princess Yufu
- Yorozuya Kinnosuke – Shingen Takeda
- Yujiro Ishihara – Kenshin Uesugi
- Katsuo Nakamura – Nobusato Itagaki
- Nakamura Kanzaburō – Katsuyori Takeda
- Kan'emon Nakamura – Nobukato Itagaki
- Masakazu Tamura – Nobushige Takeda
- Mayumi Ozora – Princess Okoto
- Ken Ogata
- Takashi Shimura
Samurai Banners received a roadshow release in Japan by Toho on 1 February 1969. It received a wide release in Japan on 1 March 1969. The film was Toho's top grossing film of the year and the top grossing film among domestic releases in Japan in 1969.
- Galbraith IV, Stuart (2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 1461673747. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
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