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Director:
Writers:
Kenichiro Hara (screenplay)
Yoshikata Yoda (screenplay)
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Release Date:
March 1979 (USA) See more »
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In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Long, slow epic worth seeing See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Chôjûrô Kawarasaki ... Kuranosuke Ooishi
Kan'emon Nakamura ... Sukeimon Tomimori
Kunitarô Kawarazaki ... Jurôzaemon Isogai
Yoshizaburo Arashi ... Lord Takuminokami Asano
Chôemon Bandô ... Sôzaemon Hara
Sukezô Sukedakaya ... Chûemon Yoshida
Kikunojo Segawa ... Gengo Ootaka
Shotaro Ichikawa ... Yahei Horibe
Enji Ichikawa ... Tadashichi Takebayashi
Kikunosuke Ichikawa ... Gengoemon Kataoka
Shinzô Yamazaki ... Seimon Ooishi
Sensho Ichikawa ... Matsunosuke Ooishi
Shoji Ichikawa ... Magoemon Seo
Iwagoro Ichikawa ... Fujiemon Hayamizu
Shinzaburo Ichikawa ... Matanosuke Ushioda
Harunosuke Bandô ... Monzaemon Izeki
Kimisaburô Nakamura ... Jûemon Namase
Minoru Bando ... Fujiemon Ootsuka
Ginjirô Bandô ... Saemon Kishi
Tokusaburo Arashi ... Shôgen Okuno
Tokujirô Tsutsui ... Kurôemon Oono
Seiichi Katô ... Jûnai Onodera
Ryôtarô Kawanami ... Yasoemon Okajima
Jôji Kaieda ... Yasubee Horibe
Hiroshi Ôuchi ... Sanpei Sugano
Rokurô Ôkawa ... Kanroku Chiakamatsu
Ryu Okochi ... Magomeon Okuda
Mitsusaburô Ramon ... Tokubee Izeki
Isamu Kosugi ... Denpachirô Tamon
Kazutoyo Mimasu ... Kôzunosuke Kira
Masao Shimizu ... Ecchûmori Katô
Tetsu Tsuboi ... Chikugomori Shindô
Yoshindo Yamaji ... Yosôemon Kajikawa
Aizo Tamashima ... Munechikaemon Fukami
Mitsuaki Minami ... Heihachirô Kondô
Haruo Inoue ... Jûemon Kurusu
Tomiemon Otomo ... Genemon Ookubo
Kiyoshi Kagawa ... Ukyô Tamura
Yuzuru Kume ... Tsushimamori Inagaki
Chiyotaro Sawamura ... Sekihisa
Shingorô Nakamura
Toshio Arashi ... Tokuya Noborikawa
Shôichirô Ichikawa ... Ryôhaku Ishii
Utaemon Ichikawa ... Tsunatoyo Tokugawa
Mitsuko Miura ... Yôsen'in, Asano's wife
Sugako Takimi ... Ukihashi
Kazuko Okada ... Ume
Fumiko Yamaji ... Okiyo
Michiyo Kyômachi ... Oyû
Yasuko Mitsui ... Okura
Shizue Yamagishi ... Oriku
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daisuke Katô ... Fuwa Kazuemon (uncredited)

Seizaburô Kawazu ... Ecchûmori Hosokawa (uncredited)
Tsuruzô Nakamura ... (uncredited)

Mieko Takamine ... Omino, Isogai's fiancee (uncredited)
Yôko Umemura ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenji Mizoguchi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kenichiro Hara  screenplay
Seika Mayama  play
Yoshikata Yoda  screenplay

Produced by
Shintarô Shirai .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shirô Fukai 
 
Cinematography by
Kôhei Sugiyama 
 
Film Editing by
Takako Kuji 
 
Production Design by
Hiroshi Mizutani 
 
Set Decoration by
Dai Arakawa 
Atsuo Matsuoka 
Hisako Oozawa 
 
Costume Design by
Ryûzô Kawada 
Yoshisaburô Okumura 
 
Makeup Department
Shima Fukumizu .... hair stylist
Kichitarô Ozaki .... hair stylist
Ishitarô Takagi .... key hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Taichirô Hanaoka .... assistant director
Iehira Ogawa .... assistant director
Tatsuo Sakai .... assistant director
Naoji Watanabe .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kôjirô Nishida .... assistant set decorator
Shintarô Ogura .... assistant set designer
Shun Rokugô .... set designer
Kaneto Shindô .... construction director
Takesaburô Watanabe .... assistant art director
Matsuharu Ôno .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Seiichi Harada .... sound mixer
Hajime Kimura .... sound effects editor
Hidetaka Sasaki .... sound
Fumizô Sugimoto .... sound recordist
Kôichi Tashiro .... sound recordist
 
Stunts
Shôzaburô Tachibana .... action coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ikuo Iwata .... camera operator
Yasuzô Matsuno .... camera operator
Masao Miwa .... gaffer
Matsujirô Nakajima .... gaffer
Sôsuke Nakajima .... gaffer
Tadao Nakamura .... camera operator
Fujio Yoshida .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shintarô Katô .... assistant costume designer
Yoshizaburô Okumura .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Yôko Arakawa .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Kazuo Yamada .... conductor
 
Other crew
Taizô Ehara .... language researcher
Tsutomu Ema .... generic period researcher
Motoharu Fujita .... popular houses researcher
Eigo Itô .... fusuma painting
Tadaoto Kainoshô .... customs researcher
Iwao Kongô .... Nô researcher
Sumio Kubo .... ceremonial dress resaercher
Atsushi Mochizuki .... title designer
Harunobu Numai .... fusuma painting
Jihei Ogawa .... gardener
Kumoji Takesue .... stage manager
Shigetarô Tomita .... film development
Sadajirô Utsumi .... history researcher
Kenjirô Yamashita .... stenographer
Momoto Yoshida .... handicraft
Yoshikuni Ôkuma .... samurai researcher
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Genroku Chûshingura" - Japan (original title)
"The 47 Ronin: Parts 1 and 2" - USA (DVD box title)
"The Loyal 47 Ronin" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"The Loyal 47 Ronin: Part 1" - Japan (English title) (first part title)
"The Loyal 47 Ronin: Part 2" - Japan (English title) (second part title)
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Runtime:
241 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
The original play "Genroku Chushingura" is probably the most well researched, historically accurate account of the famous Ako Vendetta that happened in 1702. Though the film was partially supported by the Ministry of Information to promote the idea of loyalty to the Japanese population just before entering WW II, it is interesting that the original play was written for the communism-oriented collective Kabuki troops 'Zenshinza', and most of the original cast members also played the same roles in the film version.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: From ~1:40 to ~1:44 an appropriate dialog sequence occurs starting with three men walking a path with one saying "Counselor, the decision has come" and ending with "we need have no fear." That same sequence is duplicated at ~2:22 to ~2:26 with the additional dialog at the end "I want you two to return to Edo at once and inform our brothers there that I will be arriving shortly." This duplicate is out of sequence with the story.See more »
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28 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Long, slow epic worth seeing, 11 November 2006
Author: wanderingstar from Toronto

I saw this film on the big screen when it was screened at a local theatre last summer. Needless to say, I went alone for this 3h40min marathon - I could not coax my wife to come! The "47 Ronin" is an epic film about this legendary Japanese story about how 47 masterless samurai plot to avenge their Lord's death. I won't expand on the plot here, but if you Google the topic or go to Wikipedia, it's a really fascinating story.

That this film is not for everyone is an understatement. It is slow moving, monumentally long and requires a lot of patience. But, the viewer is rewarded with incredibly genuine acting, beautiful and poetically shot scenes, and in the context of when the film was made, a window into WWII-era Japan. Telling to the wartime era this film was made in, the credits at the beginning of each Part give credit to the "Propaganda Department" (English translation).

Also poignant and disturbing, is the very serious and thoughtful portrayal of the Japanese practice of seppuku, or ritual suicide by slicing the stomach until the bowels spill out, then decapitation by a skilled swordsman.

Overall, I'm very glad I saw it - and would recommend it to others interested in this story. It's one of those movies that you only need to see once though.

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