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Writer:
Toshio Yasumi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 October 1963 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Yûzô Kayama ... Takuminokami Asano
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Yasubei Horibe
Akira Takarada ... Gunbei Takada
Yôsuke Natsuki ... Kin'emon Okano
Makoto Satô ... Kazuemon Fuwa
Tadao Takashima ... Jûjirô Hazama
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Chûzaemon Yoshida

Takashi Shimura ... Hyôbu Chisaka
Daisuke Katô ... Kichiemon Terasaka
Keiju Kobayashi ... Awajinokami Wakisaka
Ryô Ikebe ... Chikara Tsuchiya

Setsuko Hara ... Riku
Yôko Tsukasa ... Yôzen'in
Reiko Dan ... Okaru
Yuriko Hoshi ... Otsuya
Yumi Shirakawa ... Ume
Kumi Mizuno ... Saho

Mie Hama ... Woman 1
Nami Tamura ... Woman 2
Yôko Fujiyama ... Miyuki
Junko Ikeuchi ... Ofumi
Keiko Awaji ... Otoki
Mitsuko Kusabue ... Notsubone Toda
Michiyo Aratama ... Ukigumo
Hisaya Morishige ... Hanbei
Furankî Sakai ... Heigorô
Norihei Miki ... Rihei
Kingorô Yanagiya ... Otokichi
Kiiton Masuda ... Tachû Matsubara
Mutoshi Happa ... Tokuzô
Tôru Yuri ... Nonta
Toshiaki Minami ... Denpachi
Kyû Sazanka ... Dewanokami Yanagisawa
Ichirô Arishima ... Denpachirô Okado
Hiroshi Koizumi ... Gengo Ôtaka
Yû Fujiki ... Tadashichi Takebayashi
Akira Kubo ... Sakyônosuke Date
Akihiko Hirata ... Yasoemon Okajima
Kenji Sahara ... Jûrôzaemon Isogai
Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Aminori Uesugi
Tatsuyoshi Ehara ... Daigaku Asano
Tadao Nakamaru ... Heihachirô Kobayashi
Sachio Sakai ... Shusui Kijima
Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Matanojô Shiota
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Kyûbei Kusuya
Jun Tazaki ... Kiken Murakami
Susumu Fujita ... Yosobei Kajikawa
Ken Uehara ... Seikanji, of the Chunagons
Jun Funato ... Saburôji Kaidzuka
Kiyoshi Kodama ... Han'nojo Sugaya
Hisaya Itô ... Sezaemon Ôishi
Kôzô Nomura ... Sandayû Muramatsu
Kô Mishima ... Tôzaemon Hayami
Kunio Ôtsuka ... Hanpei Hirano
Ren Yamamoto ... Yogorô Kanzaki
Hideyo Amamoto ... Takano
Nadao Kirino ... Kihachirô Okamoto
Heihachirô Ôkawa ... Kyûdayû Mase
Shigeki Ishida ... Rishichi
Akira Tani ... Hachiemon Hoshi
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Shuzen Wakisaka
Ikio Sawamura ... Yasuzô
Yoshio Kosugi ... Yahei Horibe
Sonomi Nakajima ... Otama
Machiko Kitagawa ... Okiyo
Keiko Yanagawa ... Shinano
Mieko Kurenai ... Osen
Misako Asuka ... Shioji
Hiromi Mineoka
Yaeko Izumo ... Sasaya's hairdresser
Tsuruko Mano ... Mature Woman at Edo
Haruko Tôgô ... Okyô
Atsuko Ichinomiya ... Otomi
Chieko Nakakita ... Ofude
Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Souemon Hara
Sôji Kiyokawa ... Matazaemon Fujii
Unpei Yokoyama ... Matsuemon
Haruyuki Katô ... Kichichiyo
Yôji Misaki ... Heihachirô Kondô
Gen Shimizu ... Gensuke Araga
Jôtarô Togami ... Ikkaku Shimizu
Sadako Sawamura ... Tomiko
Kiyoko Tsuji
Kumeko Otowa ... Haruno
Teruko Mita ... Raku
Noriko Sakabe ... Ruri
Naoko Sakabe ...
Shin Ôtomo ... Bungonokami Shinagawa
Yutaka Nakayama ... Drunkard A
Mitsuo Tsuda ... Masakichi
Keiichirô Katsumoto ... Hisakazu Seki
Hiroshi Akitsu ... Jûnai Onodera
Haruo Suzuki ... Draper
Jun Kuroki ... Gengorô Kobori
Kanzô Uni
Kôji Iwamoto ... Genzô Akagaki
Katsumi Tezuka
Akio Kusama
Kamayuki Tsubono
Kôji Uruki
Rinsaku Ogata
Yû Sekida
Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi
Masaki Shinohara
Yôichirô Kitagawa (as Ryûichi Hosokawa)
Saburô Kadowaki
Tadashi Okabe
Naoya Kusakawa ... Gengoemon Suzuki
Akira Yamada ... Jûheiji Sugino
Junpei Natsuki ... Hachisuke
Kôichi Satô ... Jûrobei Saitô
Kenzô Echigo
Jirô Mitsuaki ... Kihei Muramatsu
Ichirô Chiba ... Yanagihara
Seiji Ikeda ... Hikoemon Yasui
Gorô Sakurai ... Drunkard B
Jun'ichirô Mukai ... Rihei Inoko
Hakuô Matsumoto ... Emoshichi Yatô (as Somegorô Ichikawa)
Kichiemon Nakamura ... Sanpei Kayano (as Man'nosuke Nakamura)
Matagorô Nakamura ... Tsunayoshi Tokugawa
Shikaku Nakamura ... Kurobei Ôno
Komazô Ichikawa ... Kanroku Chikamatsu
Kichijûrô Nakamura ... Shôgen Okuyuki
Danshirô Ichikawa ... Gengoemon Kataoka
Ennosuke Ichikawa ... Matsunojô Ôishi (as Danko Ichikawa)
Chûsha Ichikawa ... Kôzukenosuke Kira

Toshirô Mifune ... Genba Tawaraboshi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Higgins ... Narrator (1963 US version) (voice)

Directed by
Hiroshi Inagaki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Toshio Yasumi  screenplay

Produced by
Sanezumi Fujimoto .... producer
Hiroshi Inagaki .... producer
Edward Landberg .... producer (1966 US version)
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Yamada 
 
Film Editing by
Kôichi Iwashita 
 
Production Design by
Kisaku Ito 
 
Production Management
Katsutaro Kawakami .... executive in charge of production (as Katsutarô Kawakami)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Teruo Maru .... assistant director
Masahiro Takase .... chief assistant director
 
Art Department
Hiroshi Ueda .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Yoshio Nishikawa .... sound recordist
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special effects director
 
Stunts
Gentaro Misaki .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shoshichi Kojima .... gaffer (as Seishichi Kojima)
Matsuo Yoshizaki .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Steve Barger .... subtitler (US video version)
Audie Bock .... subtitle editor (US video version)
Gentaro Misaki .... action choreographer (as Ryû Kuze)
Kiyokata Saruwaka .... choreographer
Herman G. Weinberg .... subtitler: English
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chûshingura" - Japan (original title)
"Chushingura" - International (English title) (alternative title), USA (alternative title)
"Chushingura: 47 Samurai" - USA (reissue title)
"Chushingura: The Loyal 47 Retainers" - USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
207 min | USA:100 min (second release) | USA:108 min (first release) | USA:204 min (1966 re-issue)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating)

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Referenced in Ronin (1998)See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Cinematic pinnacle, 14 December 2005
Author: barleeku from United States

I first saw Chushingara in 1972 in Boulder, Colorado on the CU campus. I racked up 3 additional viewings in the next couple of years, one at Boston's Park Square Cinema, long gone and lamented. The Park Square often showed Japanese films and I saw the Samurai Trilogy there as well as some of the other classics. I've since seen in again in theaters and now have the video. I was struck, reading some of the other viewer comments, by how many people felt exactly as I did, remembering each viewing as though it were a superb meal to be savored the rest of our lives, rather than simply "seeing a great film". The other comments articulate the reasons why quite well, but I'll add my two cents. Aside from being perhaps the most gorgeous film ever made, its beauty is integral to the psychological mood of heroism intensified by each moment's transience and each life's fragility. The great trial and seppuku scene, framed by that stunningly beautiful music and the equally intense cherry blossoms, stands as one of the most concise statements of life's tragic beauty as well, of course, as the soul of Bushido. The course of action pursued by Chamberlain Oishi creates the emotional hook and the humorous scenes, highlighted by Toshiro Mifune's wonderful character, keep things barreling along. In the end, though, it is the whole package - the stunning sets, many of them modeled fairly closely on classic Japanese woodcuts; the brilliant acting and direction; the loving detail of so many aspects of Japanese culture; the unfolding of justice; the close relationships and their exacting depiction; the revelation of a code that is so alien to anything in contemporary western life; the self-conscious gamble to make this film a cultural monument that breathes life; and of course, the final battle - wow! - certainly one of the greatest movies ever made. It is a shame that it is not more accessible on the large screen - the bigger the better - but as it sustains multiple viewings, see it on video anyway - it's worth it and you can always watch it again.

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