Inn of Evil
The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers to), the head-quarters of a group of smugglers, with stolen money intended to ransom his loved one who is forced to work in a brothel.
I loved Masaki Kobayashi's "Samurai Rebellion" enough that I decided to seek out his other major films. I'm glad I started with this one. Not a bad film, but there was something... missing. Tatsuya Nakadai is my favorite Japanese actor (and rapidly climbing my list for any kind of actor) but even his performance couldn't save this movie. There was nothing particularly 'wrong'--I guess I just didn't feel this one. If you like Nakadai or Kobayashi, save it for later.