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47 Samurai (1962)
"Chûshingura" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama | History  -  3 October 1963 (USA)
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After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.

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Yûzô Kayama ...
Tatsuya Mihashi ...
Akira Takarada ...
Gunbei Takada
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Kin'emon Okano
Makoto Satô ...
Tadao Takashima ...
Jûjirô Hazama
Seizaburô Kawazu ...
Chûzaemon Yoshida
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Hyôbu Chisaka
Daisuke Katô ...
Keiju Kobayashi ...
Ryô Ikebe ...
Chikara Tsuchiya
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Yôko Tsukasa ...
Yôzen'in
Reiko Dan ...
Okaru
Yuriko Hoshi ...
Otsuya
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A young lord attempts to combat the corruption endemic to the Shogunate bureaucracy, only to be placed in an impossible conflict of duties. He refuses to pay the "customary" bribe expected by a Chancellor sent from the Shogunate to teach him the etiquette for receiving envoys from the Emperor. In revenge, the Chancellor goads the lord into drawing his sword when the envoys are present, a crime punishable by death. The young lord is forced to commit ritual suicide for this crime. His vassals are ordered to turn over their lords estate for confiscation, forbidden to take revenge for their lords death, then disbanded as a clan. To obey the Shogun, the lords former samurai must follow those orders, but to be loyal to oaths they swore to their lord and have justice, they must avenge him. This conflict of obligations is the primary dilemma in Japanese society, which is why this story is considered their national epic. The story is richly woven and the film worth seeing for the gorgeous art ... Written by Mike O'Brien <obrien@hevanet.com>

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Slowly unfolding, excellent story
5 March 2002 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite stories and this film does it great justice. It is a "must". Check it out! The acting is very good, as is the "staging" of action. The gamut of emotions is wide. The story develops is a slow, inevitable, and suspenseful way --- even if one actually knows the ending beforehand. The motivations of the characters are clear. Their internal conflicts between duty, pride and sorrow, on the one hand, and the desire for a normal life, on the other, are strongly portrayed --- as are their nostalgia and sense of loss. The interesting quality of this story is that there is no one protagonist: All of the characters must take part. It is easy to see how the story has remained so popular for about 300 years. To my mind, however, this film is not quite as visually "beautiful" as the black and white "47 Ronin" that was made in 1940, I believe. Check it out!


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