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The Fall of Ako Castle (1978)
"Akô-jô danzetsu" (original title)

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This is the story of "The Forty-Seven Ronin." Based on historical events in 1701 -- 1702, the movie tells the tale of the Asano clan's downfall and the revenge of its former samurai on the ... See full synopsis »

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Kazuemon Fuwa (as Sonny Chiba)
Kinnosuke Nakamura ...
Kuranosuke Ohishi (as Kinnosuke Yorozuya)
Tsunehiko Watase ...
Heihachiro Kobayashi
Masaomi Kondô ...
Hashimoto
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Tsuchiya
Kyôko Enami ...
Ukibashi
Kasho Nakamura
Shinsuke Mikimoto
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Shikibe
Jun Fujimaki ...
Yajuemon
Takuya Fujioka ...
Kurobei Ohno
Mieko Harada ...
Hatsu Hashimoto
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Kira
Yoshi Katô ...
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This is the story of "The Forty-Seven Ronin." Based on historical events in 1701 -- 1702, the movie tells the tale of the Asano clan's downfall and the revenge of its former samurai on the perpetrator of the catastrophe... See full synopsis »

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28 October 1978 (Japan)  »

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The movie subtitles state the events began in 1702. In fact Asano's crime took place on April 21, 1701. The revenge on Kira took place on January 30, 1703, not on December 14, 1702. The samurai committed seppuku on March 30, 1703, not on February 4, 1704. All these errors result from wrong conversion of Japanese dates to Gregorian calendar. See more »

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And Toshiro Mifune as...The Next-Door Neighbor!
2 February 2007 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie in spite of Fukasaku's name, so I'm perhaps not the most objective judge. In fact, it turned out not to be as bad as I expected, particularly after the completely inappropriate 70s cop-movie theme music. (I kept expecting one of the investigators to slam Asano up against the wall and ask him if he'd ever picked his feet in Kamakura.) But it's still basically a Fukasaku movie. Where it's a straight retelling of the 47 Ronin story, it's OK. Where Fukasaku inserts his own special brand of action melodrama, it's not; I defy anyone to sit through the murder-suicide scene without laughing.

The climax is considerably more Sonny Chiba than Chushingura, and I don't mean that as a compliment.

And how much did Toei Studios have to shell out to get Toshiro Mifune for a role that could easily have been played by a bit player who would have been glad to do it for scale? It's not that his presence makes the movie worse, exactly, it's just that...why is he there?


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