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Kôji Takada (screenplay)
Kôji Takada (story)
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Release Date:
28 October 1978 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Shin'ichi Chiba ... Kazuemon Fuwa (as Sonny Chiba)
Kinnosuke Nakamura ... Kuranosuke Ohishi (as Kinnosuke Yorozuya)
Tsunehiko Watase ... Heihachiro Kobayashi
Masaomi Kondô ... Hashimoto

Toshirô Mifune ... Tsuchiya
Kyôko Enami ... Ukibashi (as Kyoko Enami)
Kasho Nakamura
Shinsuke Mikimoto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinsuke Ashida ... Shikibe
Jun Fujimaki ... Yajuemon
Takuya Fujioka ... Kurobei Ohno

Seizô Fukumoto

Mieko Harada ... Hatsu Hashimoto
Nobuo Kaneko ... Kira
Yoshi Katô ... Yahei Horibe
Hiroki Matsukata ... Denhachiro Tamon
Tôru Minegishi ... Yasubei Horibe
Yoshiko Mita ... Akuri
Kensaku Morita ... Jujiro
Sanae Nakahara ... Todano tsubone
Mikio Narita ... Kato
Yôko Natsuki ... Osen
Ken Nishida ... Daigagu Asano
Ryô Nishida
Mariko Okada ... Riku Ohishi
Junkichi Orimoto ... Tokubei
Teruhiko Saigô ... Asano
Yûsuke Satô ... Yagashira
Harumi Sone ... Torii
Mizuho Suzuki ... Narrator
Maki Tachibana ... Shino Ohtaka
Ryô Tamura ... Uesugi

Tetsurô Tanba ... Yanagisawa
Minori Terada ... Gengo Ohtaka
Gô Wakabayashi ... Araki

Shôji Yasui ... Uemon
Hideji Ôtaki ... Yamada

Directed by
Kinji Fukasaku 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kôji Takada  screenplay
Kôji Takada  story

Original Music by
Toshiaki Tsushima 
Cinematography by
Yoshio Miyajima 
Hanjirô Nakazawa 
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Fall of Ako Castle" - Australia (imdb display title), Canada (English title) (imdb display title), USA (alternative title)
"Last of the Ako Clan" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Swords of Vengeance" - USA (video title)
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159 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Factual errors: 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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Seriously awesome movie., 18 August 2005
Author: IrishYankee from United States

I was a fan of The Shogun's Samurai. So you can imagine my reaction when I was at the movie store and saw Big Pappa Yagyuu on the cover of a different movie. I took a gander at the back to get the synopsis and I immediately knew I NEEDED to buy this. It is pretty much the same cast as Shogun's Samurai, it has Sunny Chiba, Toshiro Mifune, the same director and pretty much all the same co-stars. If you DID like Shogun's Samurai, you will probably like this one a lot more. I know I did.

This is A lot longer than Shogun's Samurai at just under 3 hours, but it is definitely for good reason. This movie is a film rendition of one of the most famous tales in Japanese folk lore which is the story of the 47 ronin who willingly went to their death to avenge their lord who pretty much got the shaft after attacking another lord in the shoguns castle. The first 2 hours involve only a few fights but it isn't that big of an issue because it is a good story and it has cool camera shots. This part of the movie wont blow you away, but I still really liked it because I'm kind of a dork and the story really interested me. The last 45 minutes or so is a giant battle with LOTS of samurai sword action that apparently was choreographed by Sonny Chiba.

There are only a couple of issues I had with this movie. For one, Sonny Chiba only had a very minor role in it which was kind of sad because he is really bad ass(but when he IS in it, he is laying a serious beat down on whatever bad guy is in the shot with him). And the other issue is they could have probably trimmed out 30 minutes worth of footage. I say this because sometimes the camera would wait way too long to finish a scene with a close up on an actors face.

All in all, very solid samurai flick. Any fan of Sonny, Samurai Movies, or folk lore(this is pretty much the Japanese equivalent of the Alamo story, according to my Japanese friend) will probably really like this movie assuming they have 3 hours to kill. I liked it even more than I liked The Seven Samurai which is saying a lot, possibly because I like Sonny Chiba, and it had a lot better use of music which made some of the scenes a lot more immersive.

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