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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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Shinsuke Ashida ...
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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Swords of Vengeance  »

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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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Simplified Chushingura
19 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since the 1962 "Chushingura - Hana no maki yuki no maki" is one of my favorite films, I was expecting this to compare unfavorably, but I really enjoyed it. Keeping the focus on Oishi gives a really different flavor than the true ensemble structure of Chushingura. I think that reducing the number of major characters makes it a little easier to understand, but if you didn't grow up hearing the story, it's going to be a bit confusing. How fantastic would it be if there were a separate film telling the story from the perspective of each of the 47 ronin? It's quite beautifully filmed and makes good use of color to set the mood, particularly with the white funerary costumes at the end. I actually liked the 70's wawa music at the beginning, partly because it made me think of Lone Wolf and Cub.


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