The forest locations, in near Mt. Chokai in Akita Prefecture, were inaccessible by road, and so all the equipment needed - including two imported Panavision cameras - had to be carried in by hand, a thirty-minute trek each way.
Where do you think you're going?
Benkei: Omaga Forest.
Tetsukichi: In the middle of the night?
Benkei: I can see in the dark.
Most festival prints are missing over 40 minutes of footage. Most of the political subplots were removed.