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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
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
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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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2 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
And Toshiro Mifune as...The Next-Door Neighbor!, 2 February 2007
Author: counterrevolutionary from Spokane, WA

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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