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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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Simplified Chushingura See more (4 total) »


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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
Kyoko Enami ... Ukibashi
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:
"Last of the Ako Clan" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Swords of Vengeance" - USA (video title)
"The Fall of Ako Castle" - USA (alternative title)
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159 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Factual errors: The movie version has all forty-seven Ronin committing seppuku at the end. Only forty-six did so. One was pardoned by the Shogun. He lived to age seventy-eight and died a natural death. He is buried with his forty-six comrades at the famous temple of Sengaku-ji.See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Simplified Chushingura, 19 November 2007
Author: ace-150 from United States

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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