The plan is inadvertently overheard by a farmer, whereupon the villagers ask Gisaku, the village elder and miller, for advice.
The samurai are both pleased and amused by this, and accept him as a comrade-in-arms.
Slowly the samurai and farmers begin to trust each other as they train together.
The villagers then ask for help, and after initial reluctance, Kambei agrees.
He recruits his old friend Shichirōji and, with Katsushirō's assistance, three other samurai: the friendly, wily Gorobei; the good-willed Heihachi; and Kyūzō, a taciturn master swordsman whom Katsushirō regards with awe.